Microsoft adds new features to Lync

Microsoft’s Lync desktop client, which added two-factor authentication in its last major update, has a new version to download today. This update adds quite a few new features to Microsoft’s business-themed messaging software.

The official Lync blog states that one of the additions is being able to add pictures of both the sender and receiver of messages in the client, as shown in the screenshot above. In addition, Lync now allows users to link to a URL in order to set up a picture for their Lync profile and IM messages. The URL must be a public link and not a private website in order to work.

Administrators who are in charge of Lync Server deployments can now use a feature that allows them to change a Persistent Chat (pChat) room to a full Lync Meeting with all of the room’s members. Admins can also quickly access Lync sign-in logs with a new menu option in the latest desktop client. Finally, there’s a new way to change the resolution and the size of any client-side recordings. This will make it easier to share any recordings via SharePoint or email instead of having to deal with a large HD file.