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7 Tips to working with Lync on your Mac

October 6, 2013

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Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business) is a valuable tool for MAC users

Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync) is a valuable unified communications product for businesses and organizations of all sizes and in all industries. It makes communication and collaboration internally and externally, easier, faster and more efficient. Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 integrates with Mac 10.5.8 or later.   

1) Lync for Mac Deployment 

First, you download the initial installation package, and then you drag the file to the network file server. Then, you drag the installation file to your computer and begin the installation. Each choice enables the user to set personal preferences and toggle settings to your personal or business’ needs and requirements. 

2) Lync for Mac integration

Microsoft Lync on the Mac support full integration with the following versions of Microsoft Office:

  • Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010 (full Lync 2013 integration)

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and 2010 (full Lync 2013 integration)

  • Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 2010 (online meeting add-in for Lync 2013 integration)

3) Outlook Integration with Lync

Having Microsoft Outlook integrated with Lync on your Mac gives you a wide array of features designed to make your workday easier and more efficient.  Reduce the time spent switching back and forth between communications platforms, and easily read and respond to emails while integrating your work calendar and contacts all in one product!  With Outlook you can manage your busy workload whether you are at home, in your office or on the road.  Another great feature for Outlook on your Mac is the ability to easily import .pst files when setting up a new Mac desktop computer or laptop!  And all database files are stored in a new, more open architecture allowing you to easily search through and review important files.   

4) Lync for Mac Features and Tools

The Lync for Mac 2011 client also offers instant messaging, phone and conferencing all under one roof.  With these communication tools all at your disposal, it will be much easier to effectively communicate with clients and co-workers during your workday or while you are out of the office.  Under the Instant Messaging toolbar you can easily determine which users are online by their “presence icon” and you can also set your own status based on if you are available or in a meeting or out of the office.  This not only saves times by eliminating time consuming calls and emails to users who may be out of the office, but it also allows the user to determine the most effective way to get in touch with another user based on their status. Your presence status can also be set based on your calendar integration and can be changed automatically based upon your schedule.  Instant messaging on Lync Client for Mac 2011 also offers enhanced features that now allow your clients and colleagues to message on different platforms and invite others to join in on a conversation.  

5) Video and Audio Calling with Lync for Mac

Lync for Mac also enables users to easily make audio and video conference calls from their personal computer. With Native Skype for Business (Lync) you can create and moderate online meetings and easily set up these meetings and video conferences using Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 integration. You can invite multiple contacts, share your desktop or share files and documents to your other online meeting attendees with Lync for Mac, and with the Outlook integration you can do all of this under Lync, saving you time by making setup as easy and user friendly as possible.  

6) Lync for Mac Offers the Features Lync Users Enjoy

Lync for Mac 2011 also gives you all of the voice features that Windows users enjoy, and these features ensure that your workflow is as streamlined as possible.  Call contacts using their phone numbers or choose from your integrated contacts list.  Ease of use is the key with Lync for Mac 2011.  Whether you are making calls from your Mac, forwarding calls to co-workers or transferring calls from clients, Lync is designed to be an easy to use, efficient soft phone.  Lync for Mac 2011 also allows simultaneous rings so that if a user has two calls coming in, one can ring your Mac while the other can ring your work phone.  Lync is designed to keep you on top of your workflow, and Lync for Mac 2011 gives you the features you need to succeed. 

7) Lync for Mac is Designed with You In Mind

Lync is a product designed with the end user in mind.  And Microsoft has ensured that Lync for Mac 2011 offers all of the great features that Lync has been known for.  Deployment is easy and the total integration means that your collaboration with co-workers and colleagues will be easier than ever.  Your workday is sure to be made more efficient with Lync for Mac at your disposal.

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