Category Archives: Lync Server 2013

Lync 2013 Client and Server July 2013 Cumulative Updates Released

The July 2013 cumulative updates for both server and client (CU2) are now available for download. This update delivers the following new features:

  • IM Mute
  • Question and Answer (Q&A) Capability in Meetings (remember this from Live Meeting?)
  • Inline Images within IMs (so you can paste photos straight into Lync)
  • Meetings Tab (so you can see your Lync meetings from directly in the client)

Richard Brynteson does a great job of showing these new features including screenshots.

You can download your flavour (e.g. 32-bit or 64-bit) of the client here and the server side bits here.

One thing to note when updating the server side if you have database mirroring configured. Previously you needed to break the mirroring for the Application databases (CPS, RGS) and recreate them after the database update was applied. This is no longer necessary in CU2.

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone 8 – A First Look

It’s here! The Lync 2013 mobile client has finally arrived first on Windows Phone 8! This morning (UK time) we finally saw it go live in the store, ready to finally bring Lync audio and video to your mobile.

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I’ve prepared this complete run-through that demonstrates the massive improvements in functionality in this hugely anticipated client.  Continue reading

Talking about Lync 2013 on RunAs Radio

Two weeks ago I jumped on the phone with Richard Campbell to talk about the next version –  Lync Server 2013. This was my second time on RunAs Radio and it was great to talk more about the fantastic new features coming to the market.

From RunAs Radio:

“Richard chats with Justin Morris about the recently announced Lync 2013 Preview. The preview is available for download now, but the product itself is still several months away. Justin talks about how quickly Lync has evolved as an enterprise SIP phone technology into the concepts of presence, integrating email, instant messaging, voice/video calling and desktop sharing together.”

Head over to the RunAs Radio site and download the MP3 here. Make sure you subscribe to their show also as it’s a great resource for IT Pros. Hope you enjoy the show!

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview Available Today – What’s New

Here it is, the next version of Lync. I’m beyond excited. 😀

Download the ISO of the server install files here. Infrastructure Requirements are up on TechNet Library and you can learn more in general on the Lync 2013 Preview page.

A Quick Look at What’s New

I’m going to be pumping out posts on what’s new in the next week or so, but here’s a quick taste based on what I’ve found on TechNet:

  • Multi-party HD Video with H.264 SVC support. In Lync Server 2010, 720p HD video was peer to peer only. In Lync Server 2013, it includes conferences as well.
  • Gallery View for conferencing e.g. brady bunch video view.
  • Skype Federation – includes presence, IM and peer to peer voice.
  • VDI Plugin so Lync voice and video will now work in Remote Desktop sessions.
  • New High Availability scenarios supported (SQL Mirroring!)
  • Group Chat is now called Persistent Chat. It’s a first class citizen in Lync Server 2013 and is delivered in the one, unified client. That’s right, no more separate chat room client!
  • Voice and video in Lync Web App. That means from any endpoint you’re on, join the meeting and be completely involved.

For more info, check out New Clients Features and New Servers Features on TechNet. Stay tuned for more posts about the brand new shiny version of Lync. 🙂