Microsoft Updates Lync Windows 8 App, You Can Now Manage Your Meeting Participants

Windows 8 Lync app

Microsoft has updated the Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The update is mainly focused on Lync Meeting presenters which brings most common features that are available in the desktop app. As a result, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app. For most users of Windows 8.1, Lync will upgrade automatically within 24 hours. To get the update sooner, search for Lync and click Install.

In addition to new features, we also continue to improve the ease of use for Lync.  We think you’ll like what we’ve done in this update.  Here’s an overview of what’s new:

This update includes:

Manage meeting participants individually or as a group. You can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in the lobby.

Easily access conversation controls when you are in a call or meeting. All the controls are right at the bottom of the screen, which you can use to quickly mute/unmute your audio, view the participants, start or stop your video, or leave the conversation.

Use the new Meet Now feature to quickly start an impromptu meeting and collaborate on a subject that requires immediate attention- without having to schedule a meeting in advance.

Pin your meetings list as a tile to your Start screen to easily see your meeting schedule. The tile lists up to three meetings on your calendar in the next twelve hours.

Pin the Join/Meet Now tile to your Start screen to easily and quickly join scheduled meetings or start a new Lync Meeting.  If you have a Lync Meeting now or starting soon, tapping the tile opens Lync and joins the meeting. At other times, tapping the tile lets you start a new, ad-hoc meeting.

Enjoy improved functionality of screen readers voicing fly-out menus.

Source: Lync Team Blog

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