Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Joiny - Joining Lync Meetings without Outlook

A pain we felt when we rolled out Lync 2010 was that there was no easy way to join a pre-scheduled Lync online  meeting without going to Outlook or OWA and clicking the Join Meeting hyperlink.  During our implementation we gave this feedback to the Microsoft Lync team, and eventually we were happy to see the feature added to Lync 2013 in the July Lync 2013 update (MS13-054).

However, in the background I had been working on a Lync add-in to give this functionality to Lync 2010 and 2013 clients.  I got the add-in 'finished' at almost the same time the July update was announced.

While the tool is no longer much use if you have an up-to-date Lync 2013 client, it can still be useful in Lync 2010 - I find it particularly useful in meeting room scenarios, where it is painful to have to start Outlook or OWA to get into the meeting (you may not want to open your e-mail on a PC that is connected to a projector).

So, I give you Joiny.