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Microsoft boosts resiliency of Lync client for Mac

The latest version of the Microsoft Lync client for Mac is more resilient by automatically re-establishing calls when suddenly disconnected.

Microsoft has refreshed Lync for the Macintosh, adding improvements that make the software more resilient for business users making audio calls on Apple computers.

The latest upgrade makes the software more reliable by helping users stay connected during peer-to-peer calls and Web meetings.

Microsoft is second to Cisco in the unified communications and collaboration market. In trying to grow its share, Microsoft plans to continue improving Lync for the Macintosh.

"We know we have more work to do to delight Macintosh users," Lync Product Manager Barak Manor said Wednesday in Microsoft's Office Blogs.

If a network disconnection occurs, the new Lync client for Macintosh will automatically rejoin the meeting or reconnect a call, if the connection is re-established within 30 seconds.

In addition, Lync will maintain the media connection for voice calls when connectivity is lost with a Lync Server or Lync Online. This means voice calls can continue when presence information is no longer available.

Other improvements include the option of storing conversation history in Exchange. Previously, records were kept on the local computer.

Stashing conversations in Exchange lets companies propagate a user's history across multiple devices, enabling a person to revisit conversations on more than one Macintosh.

In addition, archiving in Exchange makes compliance tasks easier to perform.

Finally, the upgrade includes a new client for OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple's operating system. The computer maker released the OS last week, making it the third version in the last two years.

While Windows PCs comprise the majority of commercial purchases, Macintoshes often get on the corporate network in businesses that let employees use their own computers for work. Macintoshes are also used in graphics and multimedia.

In the third quarter, Apple was fifth in worldwide personal computer shipments, according to market researcher IDC. Price cuts and higher demand in mature markets have helped the company consistently outpace the overall market.

Lenovo was the top PC supplier, followed by Hewlett-Packard and Dell, respectively. All three showed solid year-over-year growth in commercial shipments.

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