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Lync Basic 2013 vs Lync 2013

Lync Basic 2013 vs Lync 2013

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With the release of Lync Server 2013, there are two versions of the Lync 2013 client available:

  • Lync Basic 2013
  • Lync 2013

What's the difference between the two?

Lync Basic 2013 provides all the basic functionality that’s available in the full version of Lync (Lync 2013). However, if you want to use any of the following features, you will need to upgrade to Lync 2013:

  • Advanced call features (not available with all Office 365 subscriptions); advanced call features include team ring, call forwarding, simultaneous ring, voice mail, call park, call delegation, response groups, and remote call control
  • Calendar delegation
  • Gallery video view
  • OneNote sharing
  • Recording
  • Skill search (not available with Office 365)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (not available with Office 365)

You can find more information on which specific features are supported in each client in the Client Comparison Tables TechNet article.

Where can I download the Lync 2013 clients?

Lync Basic 2013 is available on the Microsoft Download Center and comes in two versions:

Lync 2013 is available via the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center for customers with a Volume Licensing agreement.

  • Thank you Doug :)

  • so just to confirm

    The Full Lync Client is available from our MVLS site?

    do the different versions come with different version numbers?

    we have 15.0.4420.1017

    what are the basic versions numbers?

  • @Mike

    Correct, the full Lync 2013 client would be available on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site.  The version numbers are the same.  The RTM Lync Basic client also has a version number of 15.0.4420.1017.

  • I think I've found an issue in the Basic client. If the Lync user is Audio/Video Disabled, the Dial Pad and video/audio call options should be hidden. This is the case if you use the full Lync 2013 client in Office 2013 Pro Plus. However in the Lync Basic Client these options are not hidden. This is going to be an issue on my current customer site as users will see the video, audio buttons and dial pad but not be able to use them.

    Could you replicate and report back please?


  • Lync basic 2013 crashes on copy past of text data on to chat windows 7. Is this a known issue??

  • @@SN

    I tested this in my lab and was able to copy and paste text into the Lync Basic 2013 client.  I would recommend if this is still happening that you open a case with PSS so that they can look into it further.

  • @Rick Eveleigh

    Using the Lync Basic 2013 client (15.0.4420.1017), I see the same results as you do.  In fact, even though the user was A/V disabled, they could still initiate and receive A/V calls.  That is something I need to investigate more.

  • Thanks Doug

  • @Doug -- behaviour is still the same after installing the February Lync Client updates.

  • @Rick Eveleigh

    Thanks for the update!  I blogged about the issue with Lync 2013 Basic and A/V disabled here:

  • @dodeitte

    Does the Lync 2013 Basic client application work with the Lync Server 2010 server licenses? If so, is there limited functionality or this would be the same as described in the article above?

  • @Grant

    The Lync 2013 Basic client can sign into Lync Server 2010.  Functionality would be limited to the capabilities of Lync Server 2010 minus the items listed in the article above.

  • Hello Doug, if a customer has Lync 2013 CAL and Lync server licence, does the basic Lync version needs a licence ?

  • @Vincent Rivoire

    Licensing questions are best answered by the reseller you purchased the software from.

  • @Doug Found your new blog which has detail but crucially no info on a remedy. It doesn't even say if you've reported it as a bug, logged it for change etc etc. Please could you ensure you add this type of info to your articles -- as one of the comments on that entry says -- 'hope my customer doesn't see this'. Unfortunately for me it was my customer who noticed this...

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