Microsoft Lync 2013 is an easy-to-use and versatile communication tool.
Available to students, faculty and staff, Lync integrates seamlessly with email, calendar and the ECU address book* to allow instant text messages, video conferences, online presentations and even group conferencing. Lync allows true collaborative desktop sharing among attendees for quick project edits and live brainstorming.
One of the most-requested Lync features is the ability to invite non-ECU participants to a meeting or presentation.
*Coming soon: Easy Lync sharing between the student and staff contact lists
Type a name into the find someone text box. Right-click the name to add that person to a contact group.
Easily determine someone's availability by checking for a green bar next to their avatar (picture) in Outlook or Lync. Red or yellow indicates that person is unavailable. Presence is determined by your ECU calendar, or you can manually update your status through Lync.
Mouse over, double-click or right-click a contact name and type your message into the text box. Enter sends the message. Right-click a user's name in an email to add his/her name as a Lync contact.
Introduction to Lync 2013 (01:27) | Send an IM (00:49) | IM and Presence (01:01) | Basic Controls (02:00)
Click the Meet Now option to start an impromptu meeting with a contact.
From Outlook's Home tab, click New Items and choose Lync Meeting. Add the email address of each participant (even non-ECU), add an agenda or notes, and check that the Join Meeting link is in the body of the email.
It's also a good idea to let participants know they need to check their conferencing audio and video hardware before the meeting begins. The resources to the left will help them get started.
Configure other presenters besides yourself and how participants enter the meeting through the Lync Meeting Options dialog box. Access the Options through Lync settings or by choosing the Meeting Options button in the Outlook invitation's ribbon.
Make sure to follow Lync security guidelines. Let participants know they are being recorded and obtain a signed release form for each participant, if appropriate. Recorded meetings are formatted as MP4. It is recommended that all recordings be saved in Piratedrive.
When Lync is installed on your laptop/desktop computer, click the Join Meeting link in the email invitation, through the calendar event or through the meeting reminder pop-up. The meeting window opens on your desktop.
Participants who do not have Lync installed on their laptop/desktop are automatically connected to the meeting through the Web app when they click to join. ECU participants sign in using their ECU PirateID to open all features (text, audio, video) or as a guest. Participants must install the Lync Web plug-in when prompted.
Lync 2013 Web App Quick Reference (pdf)
Download the appropriate app from the store for your device; iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile.
PLEASE NOTE: If you connect to the Buccaneer wireless network using your mobile device or Mac laptop, you may see a message on sign in that the certificate can’t be verified. To fix this, visit the ECU Download Center to retrieve the Trusted Certificate for Lync 2013 from the All Software >> Microsoft Lync section. iPhone users who cannot use the mobile interface for the download center should download the certificate to a computer and then email it to themselves as a workaround.
You may need to download and install the secure certificate for Lync 2013. See these instructions:
Share a file during a conference or IM conversation from within the chat window. Click the window button and choose the paper clip icon under the Attachment tab.
From the Share drop-down menu, choose Open Stage.
Once shared, participants can edit a spreadsheet or document together, show a video or PowerPoint presentation.
Participants brainstorm simultaneously using the whiteboard. Annotation tools are at the bottom of the window.
Ask the participants' opinion!
Allow other participants to begin presenting your open document using their mouse and keyboard. Stop sharing at any time with the click of a button. Note: If you give control of your computer to another participant, that presenter has control of your whole computer.
Lync is part of the software image for ECU-owned systems. The download is also available from the ECU Download Center (on campus).
For home use, faculty/staff can purchase a work-at-home Office 2013 suite from the Dowdy Student Store which includes the Lync client.
Lync is included in the Office 365 student subscription.
Want to go mobile? See the Lync support mobile client page for instructions.
You will need to uninstall Lync 2010 before upgrading to Lync 2013. This can be done through the Windows Control Panel.
Click the photo area in the Lync window to open the Lync Options/My picture dialog box. Add a link to an online photo of yourself. Website must not require a password.
Online practice is available by request for yourself or your group. Contact Belinda Perkinson, 252.328.9190.