Using Lync 2010 Client On Your Desktop With An Office 365 Account

This articles tries to clear the confusion about how to setup you desktop so that you can use the Lync 2010 thick client with your Office 365 account. Yes, you can use any machine you want (personal one & not domain joined) to login to the Lync client. Let me go through the steps of…

This articles tries to clear the confusion about how to setup you desktop so that you can use the Lync 2010 thick client with your Office 365 account. Yes, you can use any machine you want (personal one & not domain joined) to login to the Lync client.

Let me go through the steps of doing it. You don’t need to have admin rights in your Office 365 account to do it. As long as you have an account enabled for Lync, you will be fine.

Login to the Office 365 portal and you will be presented your “Home” page.

Home in O365

Click on Install Lync.

Install Lync in O365

Select the correct version and download the client.

Version of client

Install it by running the setup file. This is not enough to be able to login successfully.

Though step 2 doesn’t mention anything about Lync 2010 client connectivity, this needs to be run. Click on Setup and run through the process.

Setup desktop

The wizard will list a number of updates that is required to make your desktop compatible with Office 365. The Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant is the one that is needed to make the Lync client work. I would advise you to install all the updates.

Office 365 Updates

Once the updates are installed, you will be able to login to the Lync client successfully using an Office 365 account.

Lync Client 2010

The step that most users miss is the requirement to have Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant installed on the machine.

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