Lync 2013

The latest update for the Lync 2013 Windows Phone business messaging app adds support for taking and receiving voice calls via a cellular network for the first time, along with some revamped options for voice calls.

The Voice Settings section of the app's Settings menu now has three well defined options:

  • VoIP always—The device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi isn't available, the device will defer to the 3G/4G data plan and the Lync voice calls will be initiated over that connection.
  • VoIP over Wi-Fi only—Again, the device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi can't be found, this setting instructs the Lync mobile service to connect you using Call via Work—placing a call to your phone first, then to the destination number.
  • Cellular—The Lync mobile service will directly place a call to your phone number using Call via Work and then complete the call to the destination.

Microsoft still plans to rebrand all versions of Lync as Skype for Business sometime in the first half of 2015.

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