Microsoft Skype/Lync Federation change for new IP address October 2 2015

While most customers and partners will receive this information via their account teams, I am sharing for broader reach. We are updating the way our customers/partners federate with Microsoft.   Prior to the change on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM PDT, customers need to update their federation using URL filtering. If you or your customers…

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Keep that AOL PIC communication channel: How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM

AOL and Yahoo had each reached an end of life statement with PIC, however AOL lives on with a direct federation option! https://aimenterprise.aol.com/microsoft/ Excerpt from page: Microsoft Lync Customers:How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM AOL is pleased to offer Microsoft Lync customers the opportunity to continue their current federation with AIM and establish new…

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May 9 8pm SIPFED IP Address change

Update April 28 Here is the email sent internally to those of us registered as the Microsoft contact for a customer federation. CUTOVER Lync Federation changes will take effect on Saturday May 9th and the new IP’s and ports will need to be implemented by your customers and partners on their firewall to continue your…

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Important Lync for Mac 2011 update for meeting join issues

This week we see a really important update for companies using Lync for Mac 2011. A big thanks goes to 2 customers in our Lync Online Dedicated environment that persevered and pressed through the analysis as the behavior had an odd pattern. Customers would comment they could join 1 or 2 meetings and then by the 3rd meeting…

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Lync Mobility Documentation References

One of my peer PM’s received a question from a Lync Online dedicated customer for end user mobility content and he shared the culmination of that request Adoption and Training Kit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?id=9642 Lync on Windows Phone: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=wm&p2=1 Lync on iPad: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=iPad&p2=1 Lync on iPhone: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=iP&p2=1 Lync for Mobile Clients: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/communicator-help/microsoft-lync-2010-for-mobile-clients-HA102790086.aspx Mobile Client Comparison Tables:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh691004.aspx Lync YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E199CA91D2F6BE1&feature=plcp TomL…

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Lync for Mac reports the + as Character not valid in Phone tab

A customer asked me to test this behavior and sure enough when using the Phone tab, if you try to type the + sign it is reported as Character not valid. If you type too fast and add digits the error goes away yet the number won’t be dialed. While waiting to hear a response…

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The Lync contact card shows me what time it is for you

This just proves that even being in the group that builds and owns the product you can still stumble across a cool feature. The contact card not only displays the persons time zone but what time it is there. This is certainly helpful the more you work with peers in international time zones. Here is…

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Lync for Mac and possible password issue with special characters

We had a report among some of our internal users of sign-in failures. Based on the log with numerous NTLM authentication failures that there is possibly an issue/bug with special characters in the password. This user reported the use of (¥) which works on the Windows Lync client. We also are hearing for Office365 and…

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How to present PPT from Lync for Mac

So you or a team member has a Mac and is using the Lync for Mac client and now they want to explore their sharing options. Start with the feature comparison chart here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836.aspx  You will notice they can’t present a PowerPoint but turns out there is a workaround, and like all workarounds isn’t perfect…

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Tracking the devices that work with Lync for Mac 2011

The Lync for Mac 2011 client has RTM’ed and I am seeing tweets that it is now on the Volume License site as well. With this new release supporting voice and meetings in one client, the topic of supported devices has come up. Read this blog post to find the current situation. Having a MacBook…

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