First experiences with Lync Mobile and Office 365
View and use messaging, contact list and groups.
Recently I reviewed using Lync on the iPad with a third-party application because at the time there was no supplied solution from Microsoft themselves.
Yesterday Microsoft released Lync Mobile 2010 client in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Naturally the product was released for the Microsoft platform first, however it will soon be followed with versions for iOS (both iPhone and iPad) and Android.
Unfortunately you can’t simply install the app and connect to Lync as there are updates that must occur on the server side. If you’re on Office 365 then you don’t need have to worry about this, however you may need to make some small DNS modifications to facilitate the new connection methods in Lync (see here).
What are the key features of the Lync Mobile client? I tested it on my HTC Mozart and was able to:
- Change my status
- See my Lync contact list and groups
- Have an instant message-based conversation
- Use emoticons
- See my conversation history
The native integration means that the Lync application will continue to run on a Windows Phone even when the phone is locked. Lync then automatically updates the status to Inactive. I was able to start an instant messaging conversation from my PC which appeared on the handset like another text message.
Upon pressing the message I was taken back into the Lync Mobile application to continue the conversation. Pinning the Lync Mobile application to the Start screen will display the number of missed messages.
In my limited testing time I haven’t been able to carry out some functions which Lync Mobile is supposed to support. These include viewing my contact list photos and making a voice or video call to another Lync user.
I also have not been able to disable the vibration on each received message which could potentially prove to be annoying in a meeting.
So my first thoughts? I love it! The interface is much cleaner and simpler than that available in the Xync app range (only on iOS and Android) – it’s also far more feature rich, and free!
Loryan Strant is a Microsoft Office 365 MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Follow him on Twitter @TheCloudMouth.