Microsoft Lync App Update Makes It Easier to Share the Spotlight
Pass the mic. Microsoft adds new features that make it easier for virtual meeting attendees to chime in, multitask and minimize drop-outs.Microsoft has published an updated Lync app for the company's recently released Windows 8.1 operating system. As its name suggests, the app provides users access to the video conferencing and voice over IP (VOIP) services provided by Lync, Microsoft's enterprise communications platform. The revamped software offers new features and enhancements that leverage Windows 8.1's new capabilities and make it easier to multitask. New to the Lync app is the ability to take control of shared screens or apps. The feature enables new collaborative and fluid experiences by streamlining the way participants contribute to virtual meetings and presentations. Now, presenters can hand off control of Lync's screen and app-sharing module to attendees that place a request for the floor, so to speak. Also new is reworked Snap functionality, a multitasking feature present in recent editions of the Windows OS and even the Xbox One video game system. "You aren't limited to the old 320-pixel snapped size; you can make the Lync window any size you want," the company gushed in The Lync Team Blog. Microsoft also relaxed Windows' app-snapping functionality in version 8.1 by doing away with the one-third/two-thirds layouts and enabling users to freely divide up their screens.
Lync also adheres to Microsoft's push to expose more app and OS functionality via the Windows 8.1 lock screen. Now users can answer audio and video calls from the lock screen without unlocking the device, according to the company.