Lync is a handy program that allows you to connect with other using instant messaging, video conferencing, and audio calling. When you open the Lync main window you can change the view by clicking the buttons under your personal information. Your default view is the Contacts view which displays contact groups, and their current presence status and network. You can switch to the Conversations view which displays past chats, meetings and calls. Or, you can use the Dial pad view which displays a dial pad that you can use to enter phone numbers for audio calling.
To use Lync meetings optimally, you will need to use Microsoft Outlook. You should also have a webcam and microphone. To schedule a meeting, simply right-click the contact with which you wish to schedule a meeting, and select Schedule a Meeting. An Outlook window will open where you can enter your meeting details. If you don’t use Outlook, you can still schedule meetings with the Lync Web Scheduler. Contacts you invite using the scheduler will receive a link to the Lync Web App Meeting Client.