Q. Is Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant Supported by Microsoft?
A. The Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant is transitioning out of mainstream support. On April 12, 2016 the Lync 2010 Attendant has transitioned out of mainstream support along with all other Lync 2010 products into extended support. More Details
Q. Is Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant Supported with Office 365 and/or Office 365 Cloud PBX?
A. No, the Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant is not supported by Office 365. Moreover, the only software or devices that can connect to Office 365 are ones that have been white listed by the Office 365 team. In our tests the Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant has not been white listed. This means that you will not be able to use Lync 2010 Attendant with Office 365 as it will not even be able to log in to Office 365.
Q. Can I use Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant with Office 365 even though it is not supported?
A. No, it will not even log in. If you try to log in you will get the below error message:
Q. What is an alternative for Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant?
A. A good Lync Attendant alternative is Attendant Pro for Lync, Skype for Business and Office 365. Attendant Pro is a client side software Lync/Skype for Business/Office 365 attendant solution. Attendant Pro is as simple to install as Lync 2010 Attendant, has a modern user interface that looks and works just like Skype for Business and Lync 2013 and has many features not found in Lync Attendant 2010 like recording, calendar, Exchange integration, user photos and much more.
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Microsoft Outlook has had “Quick Steps” that allows users to make shortcuts for common email tasks for some time. Now Landis Technologies brings “Quick Steps” to Skype for Business communication tasks to make users more efficient when communicating using Attendant Pro for Skype for Business. You could think of “Quick Access Shortcuts” as Macros for the Skype for Business client.
What kind of Skype for Business communication tasks can be made into a Quick Access Shortcut?
Change or Reset Presence
Call a Contact
Call a Contact and Dial DTMF
Check Voice Mail
Check Group Voice Mail
Open an URL (with parameters passed to it.)
Open an Application (with parameters passed to it.)
Send an Instant Message
Change Call Forwarding
Every shortcut can be assigned a user definable keyboard shortcut, and the shortcut can be application or global scope. This mean that you can, for example, change your Skype for Business presence with a shortcut while working in Word or Excel. Efficient!
How do you setup a Quick Access Shortcut?
Just select the function you want to automate and then define things like name, icon, hotkey and task.
Now tasks are as efficient as possible, just one click or keystroke from where ever.
If you want to try out Attendant Pro Quick Access Shortcuts, it just takes a minute.
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Call Recording Pro is an easy to implement client based Call Recording Solution at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. Well suited for customer service, training and abusive call recording.
Our call recording technology is already included in our Attendant Pro attendant console solution which is installed in enterprises in over 27 countries. We are now making Call Recording Pro available as a standalone call recording solution any Skype for Business users. To get more details click here.
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Unified Communications Attendant Console for Skype for Business (Lync)
If you are moving from Cisco Unified Communications attendant console and need an attendant console designed from the ground up for Skype for Business & Microsoft Lync unified communications scenarios, Attendant Pro for Skype for Business (Lync) by Landis Technologies. Attendant Pro provides very optimized Voice call handling while still providing access to all unified communication features of Skype for Business since the Skype for Business client seamlessly runs simultaneously.
Fully featured Instant Message functionality
Video (Peer to Peer)
Video in Meetings using the latest H264 Codecs
Persistent Chat (Group Chat)
And all other functionality and modalities
Universal Communications Attendant Console for Skype for Business (Lync)
Microsoft is driving not only unified communications, but universal communications. Attendant Pro provides functionality to bridge the way from traditional PBX mindset the whole way to universal communications.
Attendant Pro provides the features you had in Cisco UC Manager Attendant Console while bringing new features to bridge from the Cisco world to the Skype for Business and Lync solution.
Ability to Search a Cisco Unified Communication contact list simultaneously with Skype for Business (Lync) search Click Here
Call handling features familiar to Cisco UC & PBX users
Familiar and Integrated Skype for Business (Lync) User Experience
Attendant user Call Recording with no additional server infrastructure Click Here
Integrates with Microsoft Exchange & Office 365 Calendaring
Easy 1 Minute install means easy setup and ongoing maintenance
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If you are considering using the Lync 2010 Attendant console for a switchboard operator/ reception console / attendant console in your Skype for Business or Lync 2013 environment you may want to be aware of some of the weaknesses to avoid unexpected poor experience for key enterprise voice users. Below are a few items that commonly lead to the need for a Lync Attendant replacement:
Lync 2010 Attendant has not been updated for several years
Lync 2010 Attendant has fairly significant bugs that have not been addressed for some time (see below)
Lync 2010 Attendant does not have the Skype for Business or Lync 2013 User Interface/User Experience
The Attendant Installer is a bit dated and seems to corrupt the Office 2013 Installation which causes Lync SDK Applications to not work properly: Details Here
Lync 2010 Attendant is not designed to work with Better Together and Better Together over Ethernet IP Phones such as Lync Phone Edition and Polycom VVX IP Phones. Click Here
Lync 2010 Attendant is not supported with Office 365* Click Here
Lync 2010 Attendant Limitations
Search results are limited at 50
Limit of 10 DL’s
Lync 2010 Attendant user does not have access key Unified Communication features such as:
Full featured Instant Messaging
Full Skype for Business Meetings experience
Video Calls and Meetings are not supported
No integration with Outlook & Exchange Calendars
Lync 2010 Attendant is not based on the Skype for Business 2016 client which means supportability must be tested separately from the Skype for Business (Lync) client
Since an attendant console operator is a key user in any enterprise voice switchover it is critical that no risks are taken with this key user for voice adoption.
Lync 2010 Attendant Bugs
In this section we will look at the specific reported bugs:
Lync 2010 Attendant has fairly significant bugs that have not been addressed for some time:
Option to transfer calls to Voicemail not always available/inconsistant: Click Here
Voicemail contact method is not available on Exchange Distribution Lists
Mobile and Other contact methods not available on Exchange Distribution Lists
Cannot expand DL’s with more than 100 members
Issue transferring calls to user Skype/Lync User with Team Call setup: Click Here
Lync 2010 Attendant Alternative?
If you have very simple operator console needs you may be able to use these alternatives and as a Lync attendant replacement:
Skype for Business 2016 Client
Cons: The transfer experience is not very efficient or consistent for more than a very few calls.
Cons: Can lead to a very key person in the Skype for Business implementation being dissatisfied with your voice solution
Cons: No Exchange Calendar integration
Certified Skype for Business IP Phone with Expansion Module
Cons: Generally IP are a good choice when it you have a few fixed contact you transfer to, but when the switchboard operator needs to search for contacts IP phones with expansion modules tend to break down
Cons: Finding related contacts, taking notes, and many of the common tasks operators do in a Unified Communications setting are not efficient with IP phones with expansion module.
Cons: No Exchange Calendar integration
If you are looking to ensure that the attendant switchboard operator has the best possible solution you will want to implement a full featured Lync attendant replacement console:
Landis Technologies LLC a Microsoft Silver Partner of Ephrata PA with international expertise in implementing Skype for Business Server provides professional services to assists local companies in Lancaster PA (Ephrata, New Holland, Lititz, and surrounding areas) to implement Microsoft hosted telephone system named Office 365 Cloud PBX.
If you would like to get a budgetary proposal for implementing Office 365 Cloud PBX, Skype for Business Server, Lync Server or LG telephone system please click here.
Landis Technologies Releases Attendant Pro an industry first client side Lync & Skype for Business attendant console. You can get more information and a trial that takes only a minute to install and setup.
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