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WyoLync Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft Lync is an integrated communication application which transforms communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere. Lync offers instant messaging, desktop sharing, file transfer, presence information, as well as audio and video communication.


What is Lync?

Lync, formerly Office Communications Server (OCS) and Live Meeting, is a unified communications system that offers a variety of ways to communicate and collaborate. Lync offers telephony (voice over IP, or VoIP), instant messaging, video, desktop/application sharing, and conferencing.

In short, Lync can be used for any of the following purposes:

  • Telephone system
  • Conference call system
  • Web conferencing system
  • Video conferencing system

For additional information about Lync at UW see the WyoLync web page.

For general information on Lync please see videos and demos on the Microsoft Lync website.

How do I install Microsoft Lync?

If you are running Windows, see How To Install Microsoft Lync for Windows (
If you are using Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, see How To Install Microsoft Lync for Mac (

Which version, 32-bit or 64-bit, of Microsoft Lync should I install?

You should install the version of Microsoft Lync that matches the version of Windows operating system you have installed on your computer. For example, if you are running Windows 7 64-bit, then you should install the 64-bit version of Lync. To determine which version of operating system you are running, follow the instructions at How to Determine a Windows Computer’s Service Pack Level (

If I install Microsoft Lync, can I still communicate with others on campus using Microsoft Office Communicator?

Yes. You will still be able to communicate with them, but they will not be able to use the new features available with Lync.

Is Microsoft Lync available for a Mac?

Yes, if the Mac is University-owned. For the instructions to install Lync on a Mac, see How To Install Microsoft Lync for Mac.

With which operating systems is Microsoft Lync compatible?

Microsoft Lync can be used on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32 or 64-bit)
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit only)
  • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 3
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later

Will mobile phones and iPads be supported by Lync?

Yes, support for the Lync 2010 Phone Edition will be coming later in 2012.

Are all features in Microsoft Lync for Windows available in the Mac version?

No. The table located on the Microsoft Compare Lync for Mac 2011 with Communicator for Mac and Lync 2010 for Windows page ( compares the features of the versions of Microsoft Lync.

Who can use Lync?

Microsoft Lync is available for use by UW employees. By default, student employees are not added to the server, but they can be added by contacting your IT user consultant (

My student employee can’t log into Lync. Why is this?

This has to do with the permissions on the server. Contact your IT user consultant ( to get the permissions changed.

Can I use a web browser to attend a Lync conference – and what other Lync clients exist?

Yes, you can attend a Lync conference using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Audio and video are not currently supported when attending a Lync meeting via a browser, however web browser attendees can receive audio by calling 307-766-1200 and entering the conference ID.

See Clients for Lync Server 2010 for a complete list of Lync clients.
See Client Comparison Tables for a list of features supported with each client type.

Is it possible to record Lync meetings?

Yes, this video demonstrates various features on an online Lync meeting including procedures for recording the meeting.


Can I have Google Chrome as my default web browser and still join online meetings?

Yes, you can. You just need to install the IE Tab extension for Google Chrome ( Once installed, go into the IE Tab Options, and add https://meet.* to the Auto URLs.

How can I get more information on using Microsoft Lync?

UW Information Technology offers training workshops for Microsoft and Adobe products. For more information about the workshops, see the IT Computer Workshop Descriptions ( page. Other information can be found by clicking the arrow next to your options button in Lync, Lync icon, clicking Help, and selecting Lync Help.

Reviewed: 0212 By: AH


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