Get More Lync to Love

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Across the nation, Microsoft Education has been sharing our excitement and real impact stories about Microsoft Lync in Education.  Now, I want to share with you a few more things to love about Microsoft Lync.

Lync 2010 Video Conferencing

Tabbed Conversations Add-In for Microsoft Lync 2010
Tabbed Conversations is an application that provides a tabbed Lync 2010 conversation window to allow multiple instant messaging (IM) conversations in a single window.

Information Dashboard Add-In for Microsoft Lync 2010
Information Dashboard helps you start a conversation with a remote contact by providing current information about the contact’s location. For example, if you are calling a co-worker or a¬†student in Chicago, IL, you can open Information Dashboard and enter the location of¬†Chicago before making the call.

Conversation Translator Add-In for Microsoft Lync 2010
Conversation Translator provides a real-time language translation service for Lync instant messaging (IM) conversations. With Conversation Translator, both the sender and receiver can converse in their native language, and Conversation Translator handles the translation.

Conversations Analyzer for Microsoft Lync 2010
Conversations Analyzer is an application that reviews your Microsoft Lync instant messaging (IM) conversation history and gives you scores for your use of trust-building language in day-to-day communications with business associates and friends. Conversations Analyzer applies trust rules to determine the occurrence of words and phrases that have a positive or negative effect on trust.

I think of all of these add-ins, I am most interested in the Conversations Analyzer. I believe with Covey that¬†organizations move at the “speed of trust.”¬†Electronic communications must enable and foster the building of trustworthy relationships as we become more mobile in our work and learning. I am hoping the Conversations Analyzer will allow me to check own language.

If you are using Lync, download the add-ins and let me know which one you found most useful. If your not using Lync, tell me why in the comments below.

  • The2principals

    How do you get Lync in Hoover, Al? We would love change our view of this new information dashboard.

    • http://twitter.com/EDUCTO Cameron Evans, USCTO

      Fortunately for Hoover, AL, Hoover City Schools already has Lync for their district. Alabama schools should contact Hoover for best practices.

  • Tim

    Since you mentioned mobile in your post, I an a lync user on an iPad and find it frustrating that the mobile conversations and the desktop don’t sync. It would be nice to see these apps and a more seamless integration with the mobile apps. I frequently go between desktop and mobile lync as I am running between meetings and doing actual work.

    • http://twitter.com/EDUCTO Cameron Evans, USCTO

      Thank you for that insight. Personally, I haven’t tried that exact scenario on iPad…because it appears you are talking about syncing realtime conversations across devices. Lync maintains the conversation thread on the active client…but keeps the Conversation History on a separate tab that can be continued later. I’ll share your feedback with the product groups that work on IM and Mobile clients.

    • Lindseyrem76

      I am experiencing the same issue and am finding it very frustrating. When I switch from working on my iPad or iPhone to working on my desktop I don’t see any open conversations on my iPad/iPhone which has caused me to miss responses from people.

      • http://twitter.com/EDUCTO Cameron Evans, USCTO

        Hi Tim and Lindseyrem76, thanks you for your comments. I have had some time to look into this over the past few weeks. The functionality you are looking for is in Skype. We will see what cross-pollination happens between the two in the months ahead.