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(Application) Lync 2013

What is Lync and who can use it?

Lync is Microsoft’s messaging client for corporate use. It uses the OSU global address book to connect all employees together allowing for faster collaboration. Only users with a Microsoft Exchange? account (first.last@oregonstate.edu) may use OSU's Lync service. You may also use Lync to communicate with persons who do not use Lync.

If you are unsure whether your account is capable, please contact your IT support group for clarification.

Supported Platforms

Clients for Laptops and Desktops

  • Windows 7/8: Lync 2013 is available through Office 2013 or as a standalone installer. Lync 2010 clients will continue to work, but do not have access to the enhanced functionality provided by the Lync 2013 server.
  • Mac: Lync 2011 is the most recent client; it does not officially support all the features of Lync 2013

Free Apps for Mobile Devices

  • Windows 8.1 for Tablets (Surface): The Lync 2013 app is available through the Microsoft Store. Persistent Chat is not integrated into the app.
  • Android: The Lync 2013 app is available through the Google Play Store
  • iOS: The Lync 2013 app is available through the Apple Store or through iTunes
  • Windows Phone: The lync 2013 app is available through the Windows Apps Store

Differences between Lync 2013 and 2010?

For a comprehensive comparison between Lync 2013, 2010, and other version, click on this link. The following features are the most significant and noticable changes however:

  • New Metro styling (like Windows 8)
  • Persistent chat, which was previously group chat
  • Lync web app, for use without the Lync client
  • Support for up to 1080P HD resolutions

Other helpdocs

We understand this program can be confusing to some users, so we have created a few helpdocs for anyone who needs them! Click on any of the following articles to get help:

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