Mobile Clients for Microsoft Lync Released!!!


 

The Monday (12-Dec-2011) did not gave much blues as Microsoft released the Mobile Client for Microsoft Lync.

If you have a Windows Phone then you can open the link http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=9ce93e51-5b35-e011-854c-00237de2db9e on your phone and install it.

Lync mobile clients enable you to stay connected, communicate and conference on the go. Mobile clients for Microsoft Lync 2010 take the power of unified communications mobile—including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

Few of the features that I like the most are:

  1. Join conferences with a single touch; no access code or pin number required. I also do not have to remember anything. Just click the meeting request (like I would do on my laptop and voila I am connected to the conference).
  2. Stay connected, while controlling your availability; see who's available at a glance and connect over IM, email or a call; set your own status and notification settings so you can stay in touch while protecting your "off-work" time.
  3. Communicate with others using a single, consistent identity. Call-via-work allows outbound calls using your Enterprise Voice number, making it easier for others to recognize calls from the Lync mobile client.
  4. Connect with confidence through channel encryption, transport layer security (TLS) support, and perimeter/internal network protection that help safeguard your communications.

For more information, please review http://lync.microsoft.com/en-gb/Product/UserInterfaces/Pages/lync-2010-mobile.aspx

Now you must be wondering if this is available only on Windows Phone!!! Microsoft has plans for other platforms like, iOS, Android, Symbian. Lync Mobile for Android is already available in the market place https://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync . Lync for iPhone is now available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-iphone/id484293461?mt=8 while for iPad is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-ipad/id484222449?mt=8

The following tables compare the features and capabilities among Microsoft Lync 2010 mobile clients and the Lync 2010 desktop client in the following categories:

  • Sign-in, sign-out, and push notifications
  • Enhanced presence
  • Contacts and contact groups
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Conferencing
  • Telephony
  • External users
  • Archiving and compliance

These tables indicate the features that are available to Lync users in an on-premises deployment of Lync Server 2010. The same features are also available to Lync Online and Office 365 users unless otherwise indicated in the table footnotes.

Sign-in and Push Notifications

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Lync session remains signed in

?

?1

?1

?1

?1

?1

Support for push notifications

 

?

?

?

2

2

Country code populates based on region settings

   

?

?

?

 

Account information for multiple users can be cached on the same device

?

         

1 On Windows Phone, Lync signs out automatically if the user has not used the application for a period of time, as follows:

  • If the user has enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 36 hours.
  • If the user has not enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 1 hour.

On iPhone and iPad, Lync signs out automatically if the user has not used the application for a period of time, as follows:

  • If the user has enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 36 hours. Lync sends a push notification indicating that the user must sign back in.
  • If the user has not enabled push notifications, Lync signs out after 1 hour.

On Android and Nokia (Symbian), Lync remains signed in as long as the application can contact the server. Contact with the server occurs automatically every 5 minutes, even if Lync is in the background or the device is locked.

  • If the Lync application cannot communicate with the server for more than one hour, the server will sign out the user. If the user is not signed in to any other Lync client, the user will appear Offline.
  • The Lync application automatically signs in when it can communicate with server again.
  • If an Android device is connected through Wi-Fi, the device may close the Wi-Fi connection after a certain period of time (the default on many Android devices is 10 minutes), at which point the Lync app will lose the connection with the Lync server.

2 On Android and Nokia (Symbian) mobile devices, the Lync application runs in the background and push notifications are not required.

Enhanced Presence Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Publish and view status

?

?

?

?

?

?

View status based on calendar free/busy information

?

?

?

?

?

?

View status notes and Out of Office messages

?

?

?

?

?

?

Add a custom location

?

         

Add a custom note

?

?

?

?

?

?

Publish status based on calendar free/busy information

?1

         

Set manual presence state (such as Busy, Do Not Disturb, etc.)

?

?

?

?

?

?

1 Lync mobile clients do not update a user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If a mobile client user is also signed in to the Lync desktop client, the desktop client updates the user’s presence based on the user’s free/busy calendar information. If the user is signed in to a mobile client only, the user’s presence does not update based on free/busy calendar information.

Contacts and Contact Groups Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

View Contacts list

?

?

?

?

?

?

View contact groups

?

?

?

?

?

?

View Frequent Contacts group

?

         

Modify Contacts list

?

       

?

Tag contacts for status change alerts

?

         

Control privacy relationships

?

         

Search the corporate address book

?

?

?

?

?

?

Search Contacts list

?

?

?

?

?

?

Manage contact groups

?

       

?1

Expand distribution groups

?

?

?

?

?

?

Search for Response Groups

?2

?

?

?

?

?

Display or hide contact photos

?

?

?

?

?

 

1 With Lync 2010 for Nokia, a user can search for a contact and add the contact to a group, and remove a contact from a group.

2 Not available to Lync Online and/or Office 365 users.

IM Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Initiate IM with a contact

?

?

?

?

?

?

Participate in multiparty IM

?

?

?

?

?

?

Invite others from within the conversation window

?

?

?

?

?

?

Display current conversations

?

?

?

?

?

?

Navigate among multiple IM conversations

?

?

?

?

?

?

Automatically log IM conversations in Exchange

?

         

Send an IM conversation as an email message

?

?

?

?

?

?

Initiate an email to a contact

?

?

?

?

?

?

View missed IM invitations

?

?

?

?

?1

?1

Vibrate with incoming IM

 

?2

?

?

?

?

Send location in an IM

   

?

?

 

?

1 If the user accepts an IM invitation on the desktop client, a missed IM notification will display on the user’s mobile phone

2 This device vibrates every time an IM is received even if the current message in the IM conversation is displayed

Conferencing Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Click a link in the meeting reminder to join a meeting

?

?1

?1

?1

?1

?2

Participate in multiparty IM

?

?

?

?

?

?

Use dial-out conferencing (server calls the mobile device)

?

?3

?3

?3

?3

?3

Use dial-in audio conferencing

?4

         

View meeting video

?

         

Wait in meeting lobby

?

?

?

?

?

?

Use in-meeting presenter controls

?

         

Access detailed meeting roster for audio conferences

?

?

     

?

Access detailed meeting roster for IM conferences

?

?

?

?

?

?

Share desktop or program

?

         

Use meeting tools (present Microsoft PowerPoint files, use whiteboard, conduct polls, share files)

?

         

Navigate a list of your meetings

   

?

?

   

1 For Office 365 users, this feature is available for audio conferencing provider (ACP)-enabled meetings only.

2 For Office 365 users, this feature is available for audio conferencing provider (ACP)-enabled meetings only. For on-premises Lync Server 2010 users, Lync 2010 for Nokia client integrates with Nokia Phone Calendar and all Lync meetings in the Calendar contain a Join Meeting button.

3 Not available to Office 365 users.

4 For Lync Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is available from third-party audio conferencing providers.

Telephony Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

In Lync, tap the call icon to call a contact

?1

?2

?2

?2

?3

?2

Transfer a call

?1

         

Manage call forwarding

?4

?

?

?

?4

?

Manage team call settings

?4

         

Manage delegates

?4

         

Initiate a call to a Response Group

?4

         

Support emergency services

?5

         

Make calls on behalf of another contact (manager/delegate scenario)

?4

         

Handle another's calls if configured as a delegate

?4

?4

?4

?4

 

?4

Use Call via Work (Lync Server places your outgoing calls so that the receiver’s caller ID displays your work number instead of your mobile number)

 

?4

?4

?4

 

?4

Access voice mail

?5

 

?

?

 

?

Use the keypad in Lync

?

?4

?4

?4

 

?4

1 For Lync Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is available for PC to PC calls. PSTN calls are supported by Lync to phone mobile partners.

2 For on-premises Lync Server 2010 users, on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Nokia (Symbian) devices, the user taps the call icon in the contact card and accepts the callback from Lync Server. For Office 365 users, on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Nokia (Symbian) devices, when the user taps the call button, a dialog box opens asking the user to confirm that he or she wants to call the number.

3 On Android devices, for both on-premises and Office 365 users, the user taps the call icon in the contact card to copy the contact’s phone number to the Android dial pad, and then the user clicks the call button.

4 Not available to Lync Online and/or Office 365 users.

5 For Lync Online and/or Office 365 users, this feature is supported by Microsoft partners.

External User Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Initiate IM with a public contact

?

?

?

?

?

?

Initiate IM with a federated contact

?

?

?

?

?

?

Conduct two-party calls with external users

?

         

Conduct multiparty calls with external users

?

         

Use Call via Work to reach a federated contact on their mobile phone by calling their published work number1

 

?2

?2

?2

 

?2

1 By default, federated users are assigned the External Contacts privacy relationship. To be able to reach a federated contact on his or her mobile phone by calling his or her published work number, the federated contact must manually assign you the Colleagues privacy relationship.

2 Not available to Office 365 users.

Archiving and Compliance Support in Lync Mobile Clients

Feature/Capability

Lync 2010 desktop client

Windows Phone

iPhone

iPad

Android

Nokia (Symbian)

Provide client-side archiving

?

         

Provide client-side recording

?1

         

1 Not available to Lync Online and/or Office 365 users.

Comments (2)

  1. Carlos Spörk says:

    The version of Microsoft Apps for Symbian Belle has been recently released. I installed it but I'm unable to get signed in (please refer to my thread here: social.technet.microsoft.com/…/80706bf6-29e5-40d8-9cbe-a79142c281b3.

    It seems to be an issue with the Symbian version and not with the implementation of the Lync server at the company, as other coworkers are able to sign-in from Android and Apple devices. Even I am able to sign into my corporate account from their devices.

    I posted this problem to many other forums but no one seems to care because I didn't get any useful replies. I didn't even get a reply from Nokia.

    Thanks!

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