Lync for Mac 2011 available October

Microsoft announced today that it will release its third messaging application for Mac, Lync for Mac 2011, next month. Lync for Mac stands alongside Messenger for Mac, a free instant messaging and communications tool for the general public, and Communicator for Mac, an enterprise-only messaging application for use with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

Lync for Mac is a “unified communications tool” for enterprise collaboration. It includes instant messaging, audio/video chat, screen sharing and telephony features in one application for use exclusively with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 or Lync Online, which is part of Office 365. Lync users can also communicate with Windows Live users via instant message if their administrator has enabled messaging outside outside their organization. Outlook for Mac users will see status icons and can initiate conversations from within Outlook while Lync is running or from a location in any other Office for Mac 2011 application that supports messaging such as Word’s Review tab in the ribbon.

Only volume license customers receive Lync for Mac. This product is not available to the general public.

Microsoft has a placeholder on its site for a Lync for Mac Deployment Guide for administrators but to date it’s not active. They have published, though, a list of keyboard shortcuts including a list of shortcuts for emoticons and a short list of “I can’t sign in to Lync” troubleshooting tips. Additionally, they have published three videos demonstrating some features of Lync:

For a full list of documentation visit Microsoft’s Getting Started with Lync page.

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