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Microsoft Lync 2013 Plain and Simple

plain and simple.gifWe recently upgraded the version of Lync we use to Lync 2013, so I took a moment to review Microsoft Lync 2013 Plain and Simple.

 

This book is a high-level, fully illustrated summary of the most common functions that users of Microsoft Lync will consume. It doesn’t go into anything about programmatically accessing the underlying functions, but with a title including the words Plain and Simple you shouldn’t expect that.

 

I did like the fact that the book started out with what’s different about Lync 2013. I’ve used previous version of Lync before so when the 2nd chapter address what’s new I was happy. I've just started using Lyncs VoIP capabilities so there were a couple useful examples described.

 

The illustrations were well labeled and clearly pointed out the various components of the User Interface and why they were on the screen at any particular point. There were Tips sprinkled throughout the book with some additional insights the author had about particular features.

 

Missing from the book were scenarios about why the author thought certain features are useful that bit of information might stretch the preconceptions of the reader and help them take advantage of more of the capabilties.

 

Although the book may be a useful reference for an experience Lync user, to refresh themselves on specific features, I’d say the main target audience is people starting to use Lync or upgrading from a much older version of Office Communicator.

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