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Microsoft Lync 2013 is a downloadable communications software tool that provides services for reaching out to co-workers and contacts in a multitude of different ways. These services include audio and video conferencing, Instant Messaging, and Voice over Internet Protocol calls. Lync 2013 is more visual and allows you to communicate in ways that are easy and efficient, helping you to be more productive. It combines your voice and video calls, Lync Meetings, and instant messaging in one place. This makes it simple to choose and switch between the different forms of communication. Lync 2013 lets you communicate using a network connection, or over the Internet with other Lync or Skype users. With Lync 2013, you can use the touch features of a touch-enabled PC to communicate with your colleagues.
Lync 2013 helps you stay in contact with co-workers and friends with Chat Rooms. Set up a chat room with different privacy levels, and create topic feeds so you will be notified when specific words are mentioned. Lync 2013 allows you to view and record multiple people at the same time in HD during a Lync Meeting video conference. PC and Mac users that do not have Lync 2013 can still join Lync Meetings from a browser. They can interact within the meeting with features that include Instant Messages, VOIPs, and HD videos, as well as desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing. Lync 2013 enables you to sign in to more than one device at the same time so that your co-workers and contacts can communicate with you on your computer, tablet, and smartphone.
This product is part of the Microsoft Business Open Licensing program that is designed for businesses with 5 to 250 users or devices. The purchase of this product provides one perpetual software license for Microsoft Lync 2013. However, a minimum initial purchase of five licenses is required to qualify for the Open License Agreement. You can purchase any combination of Open License software products to fulfill the Open License Agreement. Once you have met the requirements, you can purchase additional licenses or Software Assurance during the two-year term. You will receive an e-mail with instructions to access the Volume Licensing Service Center website. Afterwards, you will use your Windows LiveID, an Open License authorization number, and a license number to access the VLSC website to download your software product. The VLSC stores all your licenses so that you can better manage and track them. You can also obtain a physical media disc from Microsoft for an additional fee to install licensed software.
Connect with the Outside World
Lync federation extends unified communications securely over the Internet to customers, suppliers, and partners using Lync or Skype.
Stay in Touch Anywhere
Lync enables you to communicate securely anywhere you have network connectivity, and automatically adapts to network conditions.
Lync unifies voice and video calls, Lync Meetings, presence, and instant messaging in one easy-to-use client, making it simple to choose and switch between different forms of communication.
Take Advantage of Standards-Based HD Video
Lync uses open standards including H.264 SVC to provide a high-quality video experience on a wide range of devices.
Make Virtual Meetings More Effective
See up to five meeting participants simultaneously with new multiparty HD video support. You can choose who to see or let Lync choose for you.
Easily Join Meetings
Joining a Lync Meeting requires only a single touch or click on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Extend Lync Meetings with Browser-Based Access
The Lync Web App allows PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from a browser and delivers a full online meeting experience including IM, voice, multiparty video, data collaboration, and sharing.
Take Notes in OneNote
OneNote share allows users to create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within Lync Meetings.
Find the Best Way to Communicate
Quick Lync is a menu that appears over a contact in the Lync contact list and shows available communication modes.
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Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64, or equivalent
2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Free Space
3 GB available disk space
1366 x 768 screen resolution
Support for Microsoft DirectX 9 application programming interface (API) Minimum of 128 MB graphics memory Windows Display Driver Model driver 32 bits per pixel capable format
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 7 or Windows 8
Supported Browsers for Office 2013 and Office 365 At least Windows Internet Explorer 9 At least Mozilla Firefox 12 At least Apple Safari 5 At least Google Chrome 18
Data and Voice Minimum: 1.6 GHz or faster processor Recommend: 2.0 GHz (32-bit or 64-bit)
For VGA: Dual-core 1.9 GHz processor, or faster For High Definition: Quad-core 2.0 GHz processor, or faster
USB 2.0 video camera or Polycom CX5000 HD device (Microsoft RoundTable)
Polycom CX5000 HD (Microsoft RoundTable) conferencing device Minimum: 2.0 GHz or faster processor
Microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent devices Phones Phones with the "Optimized for Microsoft Lync" logo Phones that run Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition A W15-certified (or equivalent) ADA-compliant phone
Lync users connecting to Skype: Lync users can connect to Skype from Lync Online, Lync Server 2010, or Lync Server 2013 using the Lync 2013 desktop client and any of the Lync 2013 mobile clients.
In order to connect Lync users with the Skype community, Lync administrators first need to enable Lync-Skype connectivity. For Lync Online, connectivity can be turned on from the Lync admin center within the Office 365 portal.
Skype users connecting to Lync: Currently, to achieve connectivity with Lync, they must install the latest Skype client for Mac or Windows. Skype customers will also need to sign in with a Microsoft account. They can merge their existing Skype account with their Microsoft account for single sign-on across a variety of applications and services.
Microsoft Open License for Lync 2013 (Download) Review