You can join a Microsoft Lync 2010 meeting or conference call from a computer that does not have Lync 2010 or Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee communications software installed.
When you open the email meeting request on the computer that does not have Lync installed and then click the Join online meeting link, you see one or more of the following choices, depending on how your organization—or the organization of the person who scheduled the meeting—is configured.
|Join option||Alternate meeting client|
|Join the meeting using your web browser||
Microsoft Lync Web App
Important Lync Web App requires the most current version of the Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in. If Silverlight is not already installed, you must have administrator privileges to install it.
|Download and install Lync Attendee||
Lync 2010 Attendee
|Use Communicator||Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 or Microsoft Office Communicator 2007|
Note If you’re working off-site and Lync or Attendee is installed on your remote computer, Lync opens automatically when you click the Join online meeting link even if you’re not connected directly to your organization’s network.
The following table describes the features and requirements of each of the alternate meeting clients.
|Feature or requirement||Lync Web App||Attendee (Available for Windows only)||Office Communicator 2007 R2 or Office Communicator 2007 (Available for Windows only)|
|Allows web access||Yes||No||No|
|Requires Silverlight or administrator privileges to install||Silverlight; if not present, requires administrator privileges to install||Can be installed without administrator privileges; does not require a separate installation of Silverlight||Not applicable; must be already installed|
|Includes the new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 conferencing features||Yes (see note below)||Yes||No|
|Allows dial-in conferencing||Yes (see note below)||Yes (see note below)||Office Communicator 2007 R2 only|
|Provides integrated audio and video||No||Yes||Yes|
|Allows you to join meetings using your network credentials||Yes||Yes||Yes|