Solution to the awful Lync for Mac client

Posted on 11/13/2014 @ 4:44 PM in #Apple by | Feedback | 7029 views

Lync 2011 for Mac is terrible. The word terrible doesn’t even begin to describe how bad it is. It is a piece of dried shit hanging off of yeti’s unwiped butt. It is the worst software in the history of mankind. As an IM program it chews up more battery power than VMware Fusion running SharePoint 2013 – and yet it misses IMs, breaks calls, and has very poor screensharing. Plus it crashes. Do a google search, I’m not the only one complaining. Microsoft should be ashamed of releasing such a poor software – they should just be honest and not support Lync on Mac.

Phew – that out of my system, Microsoft has said that they will in early 2015 introduce Skype for Business as a successor to Lync for Mac. I am optimistic that, for Mac users this means a better client. The Skype client for Mac is quite good.

Still, until then, here is how you make Lync for Mac palatable.

Step #1 – download and install Adium (https://adium.im/)

Step #2 – download the SIPE plugin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sipe/) unzip and copy it to /Users/<yourusername>/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/PlugIns

Step #3 – Launch Adium and add an Office Communicator account with the following settings (this works for Office 365, on-prem Lync may need different settings),

    1. Under the account tab, enter your O365 creds
    2. Under options tab, choose authentication scheme to TLS-DSK, and user agent to “UCCAPI/4.0.7577.314 OC/4.0.7577.314”

That’s it – no other changes, everything else is default.

Now connect, and enjoy Lync madness with Office 365 on your Mac. FINALLY!

Now, I don’t have all the features of Lync available, but thats ok. I have basic stuff working reliably, such as IM and file transfer. I run Lync 2013 on a W8 VM on my Mac when I need the “full” lync experience. Not ideal, but beats the Lync 2011 client pants down any day.

Now that Skype for Business .. hmm .. hurry up Microsoft. :-)

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