In this 1-hour overview, we will explore the new look and feel of Lync 2013 including the Quick Lync bar which provides more functionality with a cleaner look. Working with contacts is easier than ever using the new Favorites group to build a list of people you contact the most often. We will tour the ways to view your contacts list including “New” to see a list of people who have asked to be included on your Contacts list. We’ll see where the Chat Rooms feature has replaced the Activity Feed view. The New Tabbed Conversation feature is next, where you can keep all your calls, instant messages, and chat rooms in one conversation window. Interface changes also include icons at the bottom of the conversation window which let you quickly add others to an IM or upgrade to an audio call, a video call, or a presentation with file-sharing and web conferencing tools (whiteboard, meeting notes, shared notebooks, and attachments). We will practice making calls and sending messages using this new interface. Lastly, we will try out the new Video features including the new Gallery View, where you can automatically see everyone in a video conference.
Prerequisite: An activated Lync account is required (www.go.illinois.edu/myuc to check account status before attending)