Work better together with Lync 2010

Enhance your teamwork with Lync, the app that brings all your business communication tools together. Learn more about Lync 2010 features and support options, and get tips for working together seamlessly.

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Microsoft Lync—a complete communications solution


Release and support dates

Lync 2010 was released in January 2011, and extended support ends April 2021. You can find more release and support details in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

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Find the help you need

Visit the Office support site for Lync help and tutorials, and join the Office community to ask a question or start a discussion about working better with Lync.

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Get product news

Read the blog to keep on top of what’s happening in Office. Learn about new products and features, and get advice for working together and staying productive.

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Lync 2010 features and highlights

Better online meetings

  • Use a single program for instant messages and online meetings.
  • Outlook integration makes scheduling meetings and inviting others fast and streamlined. Schedule ahead, or start an impromptu online meeting with just one click.
  • Join a meeting from an instant message, your Contacts list, or your mobile phone.

Contact and status features

  • View contact pictures in the Lync window for quick identification, and “pin” your most important contacts to the top of the list.
  • Point to a contact in Lync to view information about that person in the contact card. From there you can start a conversation or see the contact’s organization.
  • Lync prepopulates your Frequent Contacts with your team members or the 10 contacts you converse with most frequently.
  • Your contacts can see your presence status at a glance. Lync keeps track of availability, whether you’re away from your desk, in a meeting, or in a call.

Improved information sharing

  • Share your desktop or a program, or display a PowerPoint presentation in a team collaboration session.
  • Record and play back meetings, send and receive video, and send files quickly during a meeting.

What’s new in Skype for Business 2016 + Office 365

Skype for Business streamlines your communication experience, enhancing the features you enjoy in Lync 2010 and providing new capabilities in Office 365.

Work like you’re all in the same room

Connect with your team no matter where you are with easy-to-use Skype for Business mobile apps across Windows, iOS, and Android™ mobile devices.

Enhance your calling experience

Consolidate your communications and get more done with voice services in Office 365. Now you can make, receive, and transfer business calls at home, in the office, or on the road using phone, PC, and mobile devices.

Improve your meetings

A streamlined Skype meeting window gives you easier access to the commands you need. And the file transfer preview feature gives you better options for handling files sent in instant messages.

Stay up to date

With Office 365, you get the latest Office apps, features, and services. Get fully installed applications—including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with regular feature updates.

Compare Lync 2010 and Skype for Business with Office 365

Compare Lync 2010 and Skype for Business with Office 365

Lync features

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Lync 2010features

Desktop and app sharing

Share content, explain ideas visually, and collaborate easily online.

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Multi-party HD video

Enhanced video capabilities with 1080p resolution and up to 6 people shown at once.

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Offline messaging

No need to wait for someone to be online. Send a message to even when they are offline.

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Always up to date

Always have the latest version of Office applications, features, and services.

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Lync 2010 resources

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Lync 2010 help topics

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