Lync System Requirements



Microsoft Lync™ Online for Enterprises

Service Description

Published: June 28, 2011

Updated: March 12, 2012

Table 7 contains the minimum hardware and software 

requirements for the Lync 2010 client.

Table 7: Hardware and software requirements for Lync 2010

System component

Minimum requirement

Operating system

·        Windows 7 32-bit operating system.

·        Windows Vista 32-bit operating system.

·        Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows Installer 3.1 and Microsoft Core XML services (MSXML) 6.0 SP1 must be installed before deploying Lync 2010.

Computer/processor

·        Data and voice: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 2 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor recommended.

·        For video: Dual Core 1.9 GHz or higher for VGA; Quad Core 2.0 GHz or higher for High Definition.

·        For the Microsoft RoundTable™ conferencing device: 2 GHz or higher.

Display resolution

1024x768 required

Graphics hardware

·        Support for Microsoft DirectX 9 application programming interface

·        128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)

·        Microsoft Windows Display Driver Model driver

·        Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware

·        32 bits per pixel

Memory

1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended).

Telephony

Microphone and speakers, headset with microphone, or equivalent device.

Video source

USB 2.0 video camera or RoundTable device.

Bandwidth requirements

·        Data: 56 kbps (minimum); 56 kbps (high-quality).

·        Voice: 50 kbps (minimum); 80 kbps (high-quality).

·        Video: 50 kbps (minimum); 250 kbps for CIF, 600 kbps for VGA, 1.5 Mbps for High Definition (high-quality).

·        RoundTable device: 50 kbps (minimum); 250 kbps (high-quality).

The required and recommended bandwidth speeds are cumulative. For example, to use voice, webcam, and the RoundTable device, the minimum bandwidth would be 50+50+50=150 kbps.

Other requirements*

·        Microsoft Core XML services (MSXML) 6.0 SP1 must be installed before installing Lync 2010.

·        Outlook 2010/Office Outlook 2007 and Exchange Server 2010/2007 or Exchange Online are required for Outlook interoperability options.

·        For interoperability with Microsoft Office to work correctly, users may need to install an update to Outlook 2007. For details about the Outlook update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936864, "Description of the 2007 Office hotfix package" at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143112.

Installation and updates

Administrator privileges or, in Standard User mode, administrator credentials.

* Microsoft Silverlight™ 4.0 is installed automatically during the Lync 2010 setup.

Topic Last Modified: 2011-09-23

This section describes the compatibility of Microsoft Lync 2010 with various versions of Microsoft Office suites, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows operating systems, and selected public instant messaging (IM) clients.

The following table describes the Lync 2010 features that are supported by various versions of Office.

Lync 2010 and Microsoft Office Compatibility

FeatureMicrosoft Office 2003 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (required) or the latest service pack (recommended)Microsoft Office 2007Microsoft Office 2010

Presence status in the Microsoft Outlook To and Cc fields

Presence status appears on hover

Presence status is always shown

Presence status is always shown

Reply with conference call from the availability menu

No

Yes

Yes (from the contact card)

Presence status in a meeting request on the Scheduling Assistant tab

No

Yes

Yes

Reply with IM, or call from the toolbar or ribbon in a received email

No

Yes

Yes

Presence status in the Outlook From field

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reply with IM or voice from availability menu

Yes

Yes

Yes (from the contact card)

IM and presence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files (smart tags enabled)

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Word only

IM and presence in Microsoft SharePoint sites (Outlook must be installed)

Yes

Yes

Yes

The following features are available only with Office 2010 and Lync:

  • New contact card with expanded options, such as video call and desktop sharing
  • Quick search from the Find a Contact field in Outlook
  • Reply with an IM or call from the Outlook Home ribbon in the Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks folders
  • Lync Contacts list in Outlook To-Do Bar
  • Office Backstage (File tab) presence status, program sharing, and file transfer
  • Presence menu in Microsoft Office SharePoint Workspace 2010 (formerly Microsoft Office Groove 2007)
  • Presence menu extensibility

The following table describes Lync 2010 support for various versions of Exchange Server. Outlook must be installed on the client computer to handle Extended MAPI calls, and some features require the use of Exchange Web Services (EWS).

Lync 2010 and Exchange Server Compatibility

Exchange Server versionLync 2010 support

Exchange Server 2010

Same as Exchange Server 2007 support, with the addition of Exchange contact sync.

noteNote:
For details, see Lync 2010 Integration.

Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) (required) or the latest service pack (recommended)

The following features are available only through EWS:

  • Read or delete items in the Conversation History folder
  • Read or delete voice mail items
  • Display extended free/busy information and meeting subject and location
noteNote:
For a complete list of the communication interfaces that are used by Lync 2010, see Lync 2010 Integration.

Public folders are optional in Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) (required) or the latest service pack or release (recommended).

Exchange Server 2003

Outlook MAPI only. EWS-only features are not available (see the previous row).

The following table indicates whether Lync is supported in various versions of Windows.

Lync 2010 and Windows Compatibility

Windows versionLync 2010 support

The 32-bit versions of the Windows 7 operating system

Supported

The 64-bit versions of the Windows 7 operating system

Supported in Windows on Windows 64 mode

The 32-bit editions of the Windows Vista operating system

Supported

The 64-bit editions of the Windows Vista operating system

Supported in Windows on Windows 64 mode

The 32-bit version of the Windows XP Professional operating system with Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Supported

noteNote:
Windows Installer 3.1 and Microsoft Core XML services (MSXML) 6.0 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) must be installed before deploying Lync 2010.

The 32-bit editions of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported

The 64-bit editions of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported in Windows on Windows 64 mode

The 32-bit editions of the Windows Server 2008 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported

The 64-bit editions of the Windows Server 2008 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported in Windows on Windows 64 mode

The 32-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported

The 64-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system

Not supported

The 32-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Supported

The 64-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 operating system

Not supported

Windows 2000

Not supported

Lync and Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee are available only for Windows. However, Microsoft Lync Server 2010 supports the following clients on computers that are running Macintosh operating systems.

Lync 2010 and Macintosh Compatibility

ClientDescriptionPlatform requirements

Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011

Lync Server 2010 client available through volume licensing. For details about supported features, see Client Comparison Tables and “Compare Lync for Mac 2011 with Communicator for Mac and Lync 2010 for Windows” at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229179. For additional details, see “Lync for Mac 2011 Deployment Guide” at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229178.

Mac OS 10.5.8 or the latest service pack or release (Intel-based)

Super VGA 1280 x 800

Safari 5 or any of the Safari 5.x releases

Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011

Lync Server 2010 client available through volume licensing. For details about supported features, see Client Comparison Tables. For additional details, see “Communicator for Mac 2011 Deployment Guide” at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=205317.

Mac OS 10.5.8 or the latest service pack or release (Intel-based)

Super VGA 1280 x 800

Safari 5 or any of the Safari 5.x releases

Microsoft Lync Web App

Web-based conferencing client. For details about supported features, see Client Comparison Tables.

Mac OS 10.4.8 the latest service pack or release (Intel-based)

Safari 4 or any of the Safari 4.x releases

If you have configured your server for public IM connectivity, Lync supports the following capabilities with public IM networks. Presence status is filtered to those presence states supported by the public IM client.

Lync 2010 and Public IM Clients Compatibility

ClientSupported Capabilities

Windows Live Messenger

IM, basic presence, audio/video (A/V)*

AOL

IM and basic presence

Yahoo!

IM and basic presence

*A/V is supported with the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you are implementing audio/video (A/V) federation with Windows Live Messenger, you must also modify the Lync Server encryption level. By default, the encryption level is Required. You must change this setting to Supported by using the Lync Server Management Shell. For details, seePrepare for Support of Public IM Connectivity in the Deployment documentation.

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