Office 365 is proving to be a popular cloud collaboration service offered by Microsoft. Lync 365 is a communication tool which enables you to make voice calls, send chats , conference calls and even enable share screening with colleagues.
One of the drawbacks of Office365 and Lync, is that it is pretty dependent on you using Windows and Microsoft Office. Lync works well, if you have the Lync Client installed on your machine. Microsoft do offer a Web Client for Lync but unfortunately this just doesn’t work for Linux computers.
I have managed to get Lync to work with Pidgin, a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously, albeit with some degradation of features. I can make voice calls, video calls and send text chats. Unfortunately I am not able to do screen shares or conference calling. Which if you’re working in a distributed remote team is essential. However, been able to communicate with colleagues from my ubuntu machine while working is still a convenient , even if I have to temporarily have to connect to a windows machine, to Remote Desktop to my Linux machine in order to screen share!
Install Pidgin on ubuntu
sudo apt-get install pidgin
sudo apt-get install pidgin-sipe
You can now start Pidgin
If you click the Add… button.
Select Office Communicator in the Protocol list box and enter your Office 365 Account details. i.e. Your Email address and Password.
Click on the Advanced tab and enter the following details;
Connection Type : Auto
User Agent : UCCAPI/15.0.4420.1017 OC/15.0.4420.1017
Authentication scheme : TLS-DSK
Then Click Add.
This will enable your Account and should populate your “Buddy List” with all your colleagues who are within your organization.
You can now start using Pidgin as it is connected to Office 365.
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