By Phil Garding, Sr Program Manager, Lync

Many thanks to all who have downloaded the Lync Windows Store app on your Windows 8 devices! An extra thank you to those who took the time to write a review and give us feedback. We are listening and working hard to add the features you want, fix problems you are encountering, and make the app an even better experience for customers.

As part of our continued commitment to improve the app, we are excited to announce that our second update to the Lync Windows Store app is now available in the Windows Store! We have done a ton of work over the last few months, and we hope you love the update.

HERE'S AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT'S NEW

Access more about your meetings — Use the new Meetings screen to view details about all your meetings for the current and next day, and, when more than one meeting is scheduled for the same time, to choose which meeting to join. You can still join your next meeting from the Join Lync Meeting tile on the home screen.


Meetings button on Home screen


See two days of meetings in the Meetings screen

Do more with the snapped view — Make calls, view contact information, start and have conversations, and see contacts’ presence all while working on other apps.


See your contacts in snapped view and start conversations

Join meetings anonymously — Join a Lync Meeting from the Lync app even if your credentials don’t work for that meeting or if you don’t have a Lync account.


Join meetings anonymously, without a Lync account

Browse someone else’s shared slides — During a PowerPoint presentation in a Lync Meeting, move forward and back through the slides without changing what everyone else is seeing.


Browse PowerPoint slides privately

Take over as presenter for someone else’s shared slides — During a PowerPoint presentation in a Lync Meeting, present a PowerPoint file that someone else has started sharing.

Click a phone number to make a call — Make a call by clicking a phone number when it appears as a link in a browser or other app. (Available only if your account supports calls to standard phone numbers.)

Change the speed of voice mail playback — Slow down messages to make them easier to understand or speed them up to more quickly get to the part you want to hear. (Voice mail might not be available for your account.)


Change voice mail speed

Improved high-contrast support — Choose any high-contrast Windows theme to make Lync easier to see.

Sign in reliably — Sign into Lync Windows Store more reliably, with better error messages and troubleshooting help when you have a problem.

To learn more about all that the app can do, watch our new Using Lync Windows Store App video or look through our online Help topics.

To download the update, go to Windows Store, select Updates (in the top, right corner) > Lync > Install. When you see the Meetings button on the Lync Home screen, you’ve got the update.

While you are enjoying the updated Lync Windows Store app, we have already gone back to work to make it even better. Please leave us feedback and give us a new or updated rating in the Windows Store, or leave feedback in the blog comments so that we know how best to make this the best Lync app ever.

HAVE FUN USING LYNC!