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Using Microsoft Lync on Linux Desktop


Over the years I have had an on and off relationship with Linux on the desktop.

I have been using Windows 7 as the primary OS on my laptop for the last number of years so over the holidays decided to pull down a CentOS 6 ISO and give it another go as a desktop OS.

A couple of people have asked why CentOS and not one of the more desktopy distros, well its simple, at $DayJob we have a very very large installation base of both RHEL and CentOS boxes so I wanted to use an OS that I could easily integrate into our patch management and day to day IT management systems.

Installation went smoothly and I was left with a dual booting Windows 7 / CentOS 6.5 machine.

From previous times I was using Linux on the desktop I knew tools like evolution were there to take of corporate e-mail and calendar but I was itching to get my Lync client up and running.

It turns out it was quite easy.

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. And after installing the pidgin-sipe plugin (running the command “yum install pidgin-sipe” from an elevated shell) I was able to add my hosted lync account details and hey presto corporate IM up and running.


2 thoughts on “Using Microsoft Lync on Linux Desktop

  1. You can also try a full featured Lync Linux client at

    • Lync linux by fisil is also an interesting development by ,and giving competition to all those who are developing software that is useful in mobile application related to android or smart phones ,they have developed a software called lync linux that is compatible with any operating system used in I phones, android , smart phones , I found it was very much compatible , easy to download and install , most important it user friendly also it is very much easy to navigate ,once you install you can have all major official and unofficial experiences in managed way like file sharing ,video chat ,conference , audi chat ,instant messaging all I found very much easy to handle , I think its competing with skype or any other software very smartly so I would tell you install and have the experience

      better way to have chat , to have file sharing , to do video chat , video conferencing , we need a better for this special purpose , and i am happy to share that lync linux developed by , a very compatible with mobile operating system also very much user friendly ,now you can download any data , share files , you can do video conferencing
      better idea you can get here

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