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Lync for Android picks up an update, introduces contact management, passive authentication and more

Lync for Android picks up an update, introduces contact management, passive authentication and more

Microsoft has introduced an update for its business messaging app Lync for Android with several new features. Along with the usual bug fixes, the app introduces some new features.

Microsoft’s Barak Manor says,

The holiday season is here and the Skype for Business team is bringing Android users some great presents. In this new release, we include Anonymous Join, Certificate & Passive Authentication, Contact Management, and some significant performance enhancements and bug fixes. We believe that enabling users to function fully on a mobile platform is a fundamental part of a mobile-first world, so we’re excited to introduce these new features and enhancements, each of which takes us another step toward realizing this vision.

The Anonymous Join feature is already present in Windows Phone and iOS apps, and with the latest version the feature is available for Android users as well. It basically allows users to join a Lync meeting even if they don’t have a Lync account. This means you don’t need a PIN and dial-in numbers to join a meeting. All you have to do is open the link in the email, select Guest when it asks you to login, enter your name, and wait for the organizer to admit you to the meeting.

Lync for Android picks up an update, introduces contact management, passive authentication and more

Furthermore, the update also introduces contact management within the app, which means that users don’t have to rely on their desktop apps for contact management, they can add, remove and manage contacts on their mobile device as well. Do note that contact management for Android is only available for cloud-based Office 365 users, and will be available to all on premise customers with the next version of Lync Server. Other features include support for certificate and passive authentication, along with significant performance improvements to improve the app.

You can head over to the Google Play Store and update the app. 

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