A Month of Lync Updates

September 5, 2014   //   Unified Communications, , , , , ,

August has been a big month for Microsoft Lync updates as we’ve seen Microsoft make some interesting patches available for the server, clients, phone edition and mobility. We strongly suggest you keep your Microsoft Lync environment up-to-date with all of these patches for the best possible Lync experience. Read my blog to learn more.

Lync Server 2013 CU5

The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 CU5 was just released. The new version includes several bug fixes, some of which have been anticipated for quite some time and others that have been asked for by our clients repeatedly. One of these fixes includes mobile numbers not showing up in the Lync mobile client.

The update can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820&751be11f-ede8-5a0c-058c-2ee190a24fa6

To learn more about the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 CU5 bug fixes, please visit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2809243

To learn more about Microsoft Lync Server 2013 CU5, please visit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2967628/en-us

Lync Client

There are quite a few bug fixes for the Microsoft Lync Client in this month’s updates. The download can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881070 or updated via Microsoft update. In our deployments we’ve come across randomly updated and not-updated versions of this component in the Microsoft Office suite. We strongly urge you to keep these products up-to-date as there are often exciting enhancements, specifically for Microsoft Lync since the initial release. If you do not have a clear strategy for keeping clients patched, SWC can help through our Microsoft Lync Managed Services Offering.

Lync Phone Edition

On August 20th an update for the Microsoft Lync Phone Edition was released that made some serious changes. One big change was allowing non-EV users to login and use the phone as an audio endpoint. The other was a change to phone locking. From the update the issue is described as:

“You lock a Microsoft Lync Phone Edition telephone by engaging the “lock” button on the telephone or by locking the computer that is connected to the telephone. The Lync Phone Edition telephone is deployed for Enterprise Voice users. In this situation, you can still make calls by using the telephone.”

The Lync Phone edition update that specifically addresses this issue and can be described here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2988196

A link to the common Polycom edition updates, specifically the Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600 and Polycom CX3000 can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23866

Lync Mobile Client

Forgive me, for I am an iPhone and iPad user and Microsoft just released a new mobility update for these platforms that I am very excited about. The Lync mobile client update allows more conference control. It’s now easier than ever to admit users in the lobby or promote and demote presenters from your mobile device.

Microsoft Lync Screenshot

Now the iPad client also has a gallery view! You can see up to four live video streams when connected to a conference.

For more information on the Lync Mobile Client update, please visit: http://blogs.office.com/2014/08/26/lync-mobile-update-gallery-view-ipad-participant-management-ipad-iphone

August has certainly been an exciting month for Microsoft Lync updates. If you need help planning your updates or migration to Microsoft Lync 2013, please contact SWC or join us for our next Microsoft Unified Communications event.

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