Features supported in Lync Windows Store app

Lync Windows Store app supports most of the commonly-used features for contact management, conversations, and calls. For advanced features such as delegate set up, team calls, response groups, and persistent chat, use Lync 2013 for the desktop instead.

Presenters can take control of a PowerPoint presentation, or screen sharing started by another presenter. If you need to upload content or start sharing your desktop/program, use Lync 2013 for the desktop, if installed, or Lync Web App.

 Tip    Lync 2013 for the desktop and the Lync Web App plug-in can’t be installed on ARM devices. So, you can’t switch to a different Lync app from Lync Windows Store app to present from these devices.

Here’s a list of the features supported in Lync Windows Store app. For a comparison of the Lync features in different Lync clients, see the Client Comparison Tables.

Keep in mind that these features are available with the latest update, which you can install from the Windows Store.

Enhanced Presence Support

  • Change and view status
  • View status based on calendar free/busy information
  • View status notes and Out of Office messages
  • Add a custom note

Contacts and Contact Groups Support

  • View Contacts list
  • Add contacts
  • Search the corporate address book
  • Manage contact groups
  • Delete contacts
  • View members of distribution groups
  • Display alternate contact views (for example, snapped)
  • Skill search (with SharePoint Server integration) (Not available for Office 365 users or with Lync Basic)

IM Support

  • Initiate IM with a contact
  • Switch between multiple IM conversations
  • Log IM conversations in Exchange
  • Initiate an email to a contact
  • Send and receive ink in IM conversations

Conferencing Support

  • Add computer audio
  • Add video
  • View multiparty video (Not available with Lync Basic)
  • Access detailed meeting roster
  • Participate in multiparty instant messaging
  • Use dial-in audio conferencing (if enabled)
  • View shared content
  • Co-present during a PowerPoint presentation
  • Take control of a sharing session started by another presenter
  • Send a private IM to a meeting participant
  • View contact cards
  • Demote a presenter to an attendee
  • Promote an attendee to a presenter
  • Invite new participants
  • Mute a single participant
  • Mute all audience
  • Remove a participant from the meeting
  • Admit people waiting in the lobby
  • Start a Meet Now meeting

Telephony Support

  • Start a voice call
  • Select a contact to start a call
  • Transfer a call (PC to PC only for Office 365 users or with Lync Basic)
  • Manage call forwarding (Not available for Office 365 users or with Lync Basic)
  • Access voice mail (Not available for Office 365 users or with Lync Basic)

External Users Support

  • Initiate IM with a public contact
  • Initiate IM with a federated contact (one who is outside your company) (if enabled)
  • Conduct two-party or multiparty calls with external users (limited for Office 365 users)

 Note    Office 365 users, not all communications methods are supported with external contacts. For details, see Add an external contact in Lync.

Applies to:
Lync Windows Store app