Last week we talked about Lync add-ons. One of the new URLs I came across was the CodePlex list of Lync plugins.
This week, I decided to look through those plugins, and try out a few.
Several plugins are either in alpha and don’t have downloads available, or they’re built for Lync Server 2010 only. Couldn’t test those.
I did find 4 which I could test. Here’s what I did, and their results.
1. Lync Presence & Chat Widget
What it Does: Shows Lync users’ Presence information on your website. Visitors can start conversations right from the webpage.
Test Results: I’ve written about this widget before, back in November (Is There a Way to Use Persistent Chat as a Web App – Without a Lync Account?). We tested it then, and it worked very well.
This is a true extension to Lync Server – it provides a means to connect with an organization’s employees directly. Seriously, the capability is good enough to include in the next version of Lync Server. You still taking suggestions, Microsoft…?
2. LUMT – Lync User Management Tool
What it Does: Administrators can manage contacts and privacy settings on behalf of users. Add/remove contacts, change relationship levels, and set privacy preference settings.
Test Results: Unable to test. This gave me a version conflict error – my 32-bit system is not acceptable. Plus, LUMT appears to require server installation.
What it Does: Initiate a call by pressing a key.
Test Results: This plugin functions as a mini-app running in the system tray. It adds one new function – pressing one of the Function keys (default is F8) in order to initiate a Lync call.
Now, the CodePlex page says you can call a phone number by typing it out, selecting it and pressing F8. PressToCall does indeed do this. But what if you press F8 without a number selected?
I tried it. Turns out the plugin brings up a new Conversation window, and asks who you want to invite!
So with or without a phone number, PressToCall helps you to start conversations with one button. Nice bit of extra functionality.
What it Does: Puts your current song on Spotify in the Lync “What’s happening today?” line. Also lets you control Spotify playback, and allows for remote access from another PC running SpotifyLync.
Test Results: Couldn’t be simpler. Just double-click the SpotifyLync.application download, and you’re up & running.
This is definitely a ‘fun’ plugin, as reading Spotify’s information is pretty much all it does. But hey, it works! (I prefer Pandora though.)
I will have to revisit this topic again later, when I can access the Lync Server and test out the LUMT plugin directly.
Do you use a Lync Server plugin regularly? Which one, and for what purpose? Please comment or email, and let’s talk about it!