Live-Tech Hosted Lync 2013 offers a clean new look to help you communicate quickly and easily. You’ll also notice new features like persistent chat rooms, shared notes, and mobility that help you adapt Lync to your own personal workflow whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the go.
Lync 2013 Plan: Key Features
- Secure instant messaging
- File transfer
- Peer-to-peer audio/video conferencing
- Web conference attendee experience
- Application sharing
- Multi-party audio/video conferencing
- Full Web conferencing
Clean look with Quick Lync menu
Lync now uses a Quick Lync menu to provide more functionality with less clutter. The Quick Lync menu contains buttons that are revealed when you hover over a contact’s picture. You can start a chat, a call, a video call, or view a contact card with a single click. Hover over the three dots on the right side to see more options.
Persistent chat rooms and topic feeds
Lync 2013 includes persistent chat rooms where you can hold ongoing discussions with the friends and co-workers you choose.
Click the Chat Rooms button to search for chat rooms, monitor chat room activity, and read and post messages.
When you create a chat room, you can set its privacy level to:
- Open, which anyone can find, read, or post messages in. No membership is required.
- Closed, which anyone can find, but only members can read or post messages in. (Default)
- Secret, which can be seen by members only.
Once you enter a chat room, the pictures at the top show you its members and their current presence status. You can also view any member’s contact card by hovering over their picture and clicking the down arrow.
You can even create topic feeds so you’ll be notified if someone in one of your chat rooms adds a post containing specific words.
In the Persistent Chat options page, you can set notification alerts and sounds that apply when people post messages to your chat rooms.
Join a Lync Meeting with just one click
Whether you’re in your office or on the road, you can join a Lync Meeting with only a single click or touch. You no longer need to write down or remember dial-in numbers and passcodes. Just click Join Lync Meeting from an Outlook meeting reminder on your computer, or from the calendar or meeting pane on a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android device.
Meeting space options
When scheduling a meeting, you can select your own dedicated space, or you can create a new meeting room with a new ID and password. This lets you customize your meeting options to better fit your requirements, meeting type, or the participants. For example, if you have external participants, specific presenters, or confidential information to discuss, you might want to create a more controlled meeting space.
Depending on the type of meeting, you can now decide whether you want to mute the audience and allow or block video sharing when scheduling the meeting. These options are available on the Meeting Options page and are recommended when you have a meeting with more than 20 participants.
Expanded meeting controls
Easy-to-use audio controls in the meeting room let you mute and unmute yourself, change your audio devices, and even transfer seamlessly to another number.
The Present menu gives you access to all presentable content in one place, such as Desktop, PowerPoint presentations, Poll, Whiteboard, and OneNote.
You’re notified every time you share content, with an easy-to-view pop-up in the meeting.
You can even select multiple programs to share if you need to work with more than one program.
You can now upload presentations that contain video clips. Just upload the PowerPoint presentation and point the mouse over the slide to unhide the video controls to play, pause, or adjust the audio.
While another participant is presenting a PowerPoint deck, you can review the slides privately, go back to the presenter’s view, or take over the presentation if you need to co-present.
As the presenter of the meeting, you can allow or block sending videos. No Attendee Video lets you restrict video sharing to presenters only. This option is helpful when you have a large meeting and need to limit access to presenters only.
Hide peoples’ names under their picture or video in the gallery by using Hide Names.
Click Everyone an Attendee to instantly change all other presenters to attendees.
Lync Web App
Lync Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from within a web browser and now delivers a full Lync Meeting experience, including:
- HD video, which brings life and expression to Lync, letting people “see what you mean” in new ways.
- Voice over IP (VoIP) so you can connect to your meeting from anywhere without getting hit with call origination fees.
- Instant messaging, which ensures that you can communicate silently when necessary, such as when you’re in a coffee shop or on a train.
- Desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing so your content can be seen by other meeting participants, enabling you to continue collaborating without missing a beat!
Lync makes it easy for you to communicate anywhere you have Internet or cellular access, by allowing you to be reached by name wherever you are. You can switch among devices as you choose, and be confident that you’ll have a familiar and consistent user experience across computer, phone, browser, and tablet.
Lync for mobile clients
Lync for mobile clients enables you to maintain your presence wherever you are through your Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can manage your time better by deciding your availability and controlling interruptions. You can email, IM, call, or even join an audio conference with just one touch.
Lync for mobile clients gives you the best productivity across devices. You can view your colleagues’ presence in real time and choose the best way to connect – IM, email, or call. When you call, Lync uses your Enterprise Voice number so you can communicate with a single, consistent identity and avoid call origination charges.
Connectivity is available both on your corporate network and on your mobile carrier data channel without requiring a virtual private network (VPN). You can join an audio conference with a single touch, without having to remember passcodes or PINs.
Lync for mobile clients also lets you search your corporate directory and connect to federated contacts on other networks.