Our second #MaxOutLync meeting was a great improvement on the first. I’ve outlined it using timestamps for the video so that you, the reader, can jump to the content you’re interested in.

To OneNote fans, I am presenting from OneNote and not PowerPoint. It’s much more interactive.

  • Attendees can contribute
  • I can pinch zoom to certain points
  • I can Noteboard rather than whiteboard, and all the attendees have access to the content.
  • I can add content later for reference.

You can view the notebook via OneNote Online, hosted on my SharePoint Online public site.

I introduced the Yammer “Getting Started” public network, for continuing conversation and Q&A after the meeting. In my mind now, this is the future of Persistent Chat for Lync Online.


I tried embedding the YouTube clip of the meeting from the 20:11 timestamp, where the meeting starts. I didn’t quite get it right. So if you want to jump to the start of the meeting, see the link and timestamps below.

The start of recording is a video conference talking and greeting people as they join. Roy joined early and we talk about his experience from a mobile. Stuart Box joins us and tells me about his microphone that he is using. It’s perfect for someone who runs Lync meetings and webinars regularly.

20:11 start of meeting

We discuss a few attendee’s experiences from different devices. Attendee’s joined from a number of devices.

  • Roy joined us on his way to visiting a client from a mobile tethered Surface Pro
  • Adrian Hyde joined from iPhone over AT&T mobile network
  • Allan Jacobs joined from Lync Desktop client and a web browser
  • Paul Horton had a little trouble from a Lumia 820, Lync app and WiFi.

Shared the meeting notebook with contributor rights and introduced at 23:38 the Yammer “Getting Started” public network, for continuing conversation and Q&A after the meeting. In my mind now, this is the future of Persistent Chat for Lync Online.

26:02 How have you joined today?

28:00 Findings from last meeting

Why does Lync Q&A not work in Lync Online yet, or reliably. I had a response from the Lync Online support team. They are working on a fix for the Lync client and service. They hope to have a fix released over the next few weeks. While I mention in the video that it may be a proxy issue, the support team said it was intermittently experiencing issues.

Stuart reports that it works for him and we discussed how to operate Q&A and get it running with IM running in the meeting too.

30:46 Max Out Factors for Lync

38:35 Mentioned another recent example of a Lync Online meeting that maxed out – A Microsoft Ignite meeting “First look at Exchange 2013 SP1”.  Hit 250 attendees very quickly. I share my observations of the attendees experience of the meeting, issues experienced. But on the whole, most people could see the presented content.

40:03 Mid meeting health check – how our attendees experience of the meeting has been so far, connection quality, audio, presented content.

  • Thomas Torggler attended the previous meeting. He attributes his improved experience to using the full Lync client. He tells us about the experience from the Lync app last time, and we discuss this.
  • Johnathan Sealy reported the audio was very clear.
  • Paul Cannon reported that audio and shared content were great, but questioned why the users pictures were not appearing. We discuss why this might be and where the pictures are stored.

43:04 Thomas tells us about how the Lync 2013 client presents a user’s photo. Adrian Hyde shares his experience has been that your photo is not shared if it is uploaded to Exchange.

  • My photo was visible to Adrian at the start of the meeting, but at this point in the meeting, he could see my photo.
  • Stuart Box could see my photo and the photo of 3 others.

45:55 We look at the meeting invite. The difference between sending a meeting invite via email, or saving as an ICS file for people to open and accept the meeting from a website.

Peter McCollough said to use the make all attendees setting. This would mean only the organizer is a presenter and they would have to elevate people from their company joining, to presenter.

49:03 How to add a notebook to a meeting invite and online meeting. What the requirements are. The effect.

I saved my notebook into the public site of SharePoint Online, creating a document library and using Get a Link.

53:30 We compare uploading a PowerPoint to the meeting and presenting it, as opposed to presenting it from a shared desktop. What effect does sharing your desktop have on available bandwidth for the meeting and other features.

Stuart Uploaded and presented PowerPoints are not visible to attendees on the Lync App. Nor polls or whiteboarding.

59:25 Thomas tells us what the Lync app receives in regards to a presentation and how it does it. The mobile client can receive video and the shared desktop is encapsulated as video. The iPad Lync app can now receive uploaded PowerPoint, (polls too?)

Browser Lync attendee sees all content.

1:02:18 I attempt to mute my mic to cough, but hang up. This sparks some conversation about Stuarts mic and a feature called cough drop.

1:04:23 Control Freak – Allow attendees to take control of my mouse automatically and then I have a pop-quizz for them to answer and demonstrate a feature of Lync.

1:07:27 Wrap up and reference to continuing Q&A and conversation in the Yammer group using #maxoutlync in your post to track the topic.

A number of attendees asked for a 3rd #MaxOutLync meeting, so it looks like we’ll do just that. I hope to make contact Microsoft and get an authority on Lync to join us.

Thank you all for attending.



  1. this is the 1st lync related blog I’ve seen mention yammer, so maybe you or readers know: Anyidea when LyncL IM/Presnce + Yammer’s Chat/Presence will become one? How about pChat+Yammer group threads? lots of overlapping stacks in the ecosystem…


    1. Hi Niv. Christophe Fiessigner from Yammer covered the roadmap in a recent Ignite webinar – Yammer are focusing on getting Oslo and Office graph, and bringing Yammer into the Office 365 environment, rather than a separate site loading. Once they have built trust and SSO with your Office 365 ID, it sets the platform for integration with Lync, greater integration and single instance storage with docs in SharePoint Online etc. Christophe begins to talk about it at this point in the presentation.


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