Lync 2013 Outlook Plugin updates


With the release of the Lync 2013 August 2014 client updates it looks like the Outlook plugin logic was updated. You will notice now if you update an existing or create a new Lync meeting within outlook you will get the message in Figure 1 before closing it.

Figure 1: Lync meeting warning: Please send this meeting invite before joining the meeting. Otherwise, the meeting could end abruptly if you close the invite.

It looks like this update in plugin logic is tied to this KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2981753. Nice to see something to assist end users in updating meetings when something changes.
Comments (16)
  1. Ed (DareDevil57) says:

    thanks

  2. paul says:

    The info is useful but it’s a poorly worded message that doesn’t require a yes / no answer. MSFT should change it so it’s not confusing.

  3. greiginsydney says:

    +1 Paul. TERRIBLY phrased, with wrong buttons and actions.

  4. Bobby says:

    I searched the internet for this so that I could complain that it’s a horrible dialog. Thank you.

  5. Cornelia says:

    This is really confusing and looks like the end user has done something wrong. Can this be changed? Thanks!

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  7. mike says:

    This is extremely annoying – not just because it prompts EVERY TIME whether I’ve made any edits to the meeting details or not, but also because I don’t know what question they think I’m supposed to answer YES or NO to.

    This happens every time I open already-scheduled meetings to find the phone bridge details for dialling. It’s like no one at Microsoft ever uses the phone anymore, just VOIP. Which is amazing if they’ve joined the future (and are satisfied with it) but I still
    suffer on networks with bad QoS from country to country connections.

    If this is by design behavioural coaching, it’s a bad design and is only annoying the S@#% out of me – instead of making my life easier, it’s just making me suffer.

  8. mikedeg1 says:

    We are also experiencing this dialog box now (Fortune 50 company). I agree with the comments here – It is poorly worded and needs to change. Also, it is prompting everytime we open a Calendar item in Outlook that contains a Lync meeting, even if nothing
    has changed. This is unacceptable. Hopefully Microsoft is looking at this. We will have to open a support incident in the meantime.

  9. Tab says:

    Well now… I am not a fortune 50 company we only fall in the top 100 but this pop up is a issue. Our users see it as a error message. Support calls on this message are causing confusion and I would like to know if there is someplace we can send the bill
    for wasted time.

  10. julie says:

    I find this really frustrating. It opens EVERY time you open a Calendar item that contains a lync meeting. Not just if something has changed.

  11. Tim says:

    Second all the comments above. a/ blindingly obvious that (when amending a meeting) you need to re-send the message, b/ the wording is absolutely shocking and c/ the Yes/No button choices are idiotic

    Rant over – MSFT, if you’re out there, please change this message so that 1/ you can turn it off, 2/ the wording makes sense and 3/ the button choices relate properly to the text.

  12. Richard says:

    Awful implementation, is there a way to disable it?
    This comes up even as I’m trying to send an update to the meeting invite. ridiculous. I’d have though MS would know how to write software by now.

  13. mike says:

    Does anyone know what clicking Yes will do and conversely what clicking No will do? I assume Yes will send an update and clicking No will not but if anyone knows for sure.

  14. IanD says:

    Agree with everyone’s comments on how annoying this pop-up message is… has anyone discovered a way to disable this from appearing? We’re about to convert all our employees over to Lync 2013 with the goal of having them use Lync for all meetings, replacing
    services like WebEx and GoToMeeting. If this message appears EVERY SINGLE TIME a user opens or edits their meetings, we’ll have riots! Microsoft, please get your act together and fix this or at least give users the option to disable the message from appearing!
    Thanks!

  15. mike says:

    Agree with previous comments. Confusingly worded and completely unnecessary more often than not.

  16. Doug says:

    How can this message be turned off? The leadership of our help desk and technology readiness team is worried that this is going to generate support calls, which is money spent that absolutely does not need to be.

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