Viewing Shared Media Content in Lync 2013 for iPad

By Roshin Lal Ramesan, Senior Program Manager, Lync Mobile Team

When you’re in a Lync online meeting using Lync 2013 app for iPad, you can view shared PowerPoint presentations and see desktop and applications shared in the meeting. Viewing of content is supported while attending Lync meetings or ad-hoc audio or video conference calls with 3 or more people. You cannot present meeting content from Lync for iPad.

You can view shared desktop or applications while attending meetings hosted on Lync 2010 server or Lync 2013 server, viewing of uploaded PowerPoint presentations are supported when attending meetings hosted on Lync 2013 server.

While viewing shared content, the backlight is kept on so that you can view the content without the iPad screen dimming or turning off. The on-screen controls also disappear after a short timeout so that you can focus on the content without distractions (a light tap on the screen will bring back the controls when you need it).



When controls are visible (tap screen once if they are not), tap Stop Viewing to stop viewing content. To resume viewing (if content is still being presented) tap the Sharing icon on the top (icon next to video) and then select Start Viewing.



While viewing shared desktop or applications, if the remote screen resolution is greater than iPad resolution (1024 * 768), the content will be scaled down and shown in “fit to screen” mode by default so that you can view the content in its entirety. You can double tap on the screen to view at sharer’s original resolution (“actual size” in Lync parlance) and pan the screen to locate and view content of interest. Or just pinch and zoom the shared screen to find the optimal size you prefer between “fit to screen” and “actual size”.

If the remote party is sharing a specific application which does not take up the entire desktop, you will see the shared application within a larger empty canvas that corresponds to the sharer’s desktop size. Similarly, if the sharer has multiple monitors and is sharing an application on one monitor, you will see the application within a bigger canvas on iPad. In such cases, use the pinch and zoom gesture to increase the size of the shared content to fill the iPad screen.

Note: Lync for iPad does not support viewing or adding annotations on PowerPoint and requesting or taking control during sharing.

Viewing content over Cellular Data connection

Lync iPad app provides a setting to disable viewing of shared content in meetings while attending a meeting over cellular data connection to reduce data usage. This setting, “Require Wi-Fi for Meeting Content” can be found under Options on a Wi-Fi + 3G capable iPad. Default value for this setting is OFF, which means that presented content is shown while attending meetings on cellular data connection. If “Require Wi-Fi for Meeting Content” setting is ON, shared content in meeting will not be shown when you attend a meeting over cellular data network.

Comments (14)

  1. Viewing Shared Media Content in Lync 2013 for iPad
    thank you

  2. sat says:

    Does the Lync 2013 client for iPad support video conferencing?

    If it does then what is the video codec it uses and how much minimum bandwidth is required for it to work, also if this is at all possible when a user is on cellular network?

    I haven't been able to find much information on the video features for Lync 2013 mobile clients if you can share more specific and detailed information fov various device platform would be great!

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Bend-y says:

    In answer to your question. No, iPad does not support multiparty video. The only mobile devices that support multiparty video currently are from the Windows RT family.

  4. Elise says:

    When will I be able to share my iPAD desktop with Lync 2013, any one know if this is in MS roadmap for future Lync mobile releases?

  5. Glasgow says:

    Is this capability to view meeting content on on iPad available for Lync hosted in Office 365?

  6. Jim Jarecki (Houston @ Fortune500 company) says:

    Microsoft – Do you have guidelines you can share about limitations and restrictions with sharing content in Lync meetings with attendees who join using the Lync mobile client? At our company we use the Lync 2013 client on iPhones and we get complaints
    from users not being able to view shared content in a Lync meeting when using the Lync 2013 mobile client on their iPhones. They get an error message "The presentation is too big to see on your device." I would assume there is a maximum resolution that the
    Lync 2013 client for iPhones is able to support (since the iPhone screen is pretty small), but I couldn’t find a single mention of this problem or the resolution requirements/limitations for the Lync 2013 mobile client on any Microsoft blog or KB. This article
    about Lync with iPads was the closest to touch on this topic.

  7. Jeff Pittley says:

    What is the maximum screen resolution that can be presented to an iPad/iPad. I received a "The presentation is too big to see on your device" error when a colleague was presenting his screen from a large monitor. Did not have the issue when others presented
    from ‘smaller screens’.

    This is the same issue Jim Jarecki posted on Oct 27, 2014, but I do not see any responses.

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