What’s Lync Basic, Can I Just Use That?

100% maybe!  There are a few different flavors of Microsoft Lync out there, the one we’ll be talking about in this post is Lync Basic.  Lync Basic is a free version of the Microsoft Lync client with some limitations.  The limitations of course are the catch.

The biggest set of limitations are the following:

  • Major enterprise voice functionality missing.  This includes call forwarding, team call and delegates, call park, group call, calling a response group, and the ability to connect to voice mail to set up or change greetings.
  • No recording.
  • No gallery view.

If you can live without these features, and you don’t receive the full version of Lync in your existing licensing, then it may be a good fit for your firm.  If you use Enterprise Voice, you might want to step up to the full version.   A full client feature comparison can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425836(v=ocs.15).aspx

The clients themselves can be found at the following links

  • Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (32 Bit)
  • Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (64 Bit)