Overview of Lync Mobile for iPhone
Just over a week after the official Microsoft clients came out for WP7 and Android the iPhone client was released. It ‘s taken me a while to get my hands on an iPhone but here are some screenshots of the iPhone client & some shots of the unique iOS features.
If your interested in how to deploy Lync mobile (it needs some extra see stuff) I’ve done a set of posts over here…
Launching and Signing in
The sign-in process is very straightforward, you might need to specify your username before you are able to connect. One thing to watch is on all the other Lync clients I entered my username as “domain\username” but this caused Lync to lock out my domain account when it was trying to connect to Exchange. you can see in the last screenshot the message about it being unable to connected to the Exchange Web Server. After unlocking my account I changed my username to the format “email@example.com” and everything was happy.
Setup and configure your mobile number & call forwarding if you are an Enterprise Voice user.
You can see Lync is pretty insistent at pointing out when you haven’t configured call forwarding… It will also let your browse your iPhone contacts as well as your Lync contact list.
If you click next to a group you get a separate screen where you can mass-IM or Email the contacts in that group.
Main status page with Status options and the current conversations
From the meetings screen you can see either all upcoming appointments or filter them to just show any “online meetings” that the client has detected Lync joining information in.
There are quite a lot of options to configure including the ability to specify separate credentials for Exchange connectivity, or for any HTTP proxy if needed. One thing to be careful of is when your password changes, make sure to update your Exchange details if you have manually entered them. the iPhone is bad enough as it is about locking out accounts without giving it a helping hand…
One feature that seems to be unique to the iPhone is “Send Location” where the phone will use it’s GPS to get a map position on Bing Maps & then send the map URL to the other party.
Calling works the same as all of the other mobile clients – Lync dials your mobile, then the remote party & joins the calls. If you have any issues with calls not being able to dial the client will offer to fall back to dialling via the mobile.
Notifications & Background
The notification engine hooks in with the built in iOS notification system with alerts being stored in the top “tray” & the number of missed conversations on the app icon.