#Lync User QuickTip #27: Pickup With USB Headset From PC or Lync Phone Edition Handset With Better Together

So you have a Lync Phone Edition device with Better Together USB tether. You want to answer on the deskphone when you pickup the handset and from your USB/Bluetooth headset when you click on Accept” from Lync client. How do you do this?

  1. Plug in your Lync Phone Edition
  2. Now just select your USB/Bluetooth headset as “Primary Device”

Now calls dialed/answered from PC will use USB headset and calls dialed/answered from phone will use desk phone.


What Would Lync 2013 Mobile Look Like Running on $199 Nexus 7?


Lync 2013 Mobile is not supported on Nexus 7 and thus you will not find it on Google Play. But what would it look like if you went in “experimental mode” and installed the .APK on the Nexus 7? Take a look below.


  • Very low cost Lync video endpoint


  • no ear piece on the device
  • Notice the dialer screen the buttons do not line up with touch sometimes

Get apk: click here

You may have interest in my review of Lync 2013 Mobile for Android Review:

Some of My .NET Development Tools


I’m just a “shade-tree” .NET developer but there some tools I use I thought I would book mark with this page.

Icon Creator:

Nirsoft IconExtract:

Color Picker: ColorPix (no install, just run .exe on PC)

Not a tool, just tutorials on WPF: Everything Technet is not:

My Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 (Windows 8) Video Review

Below is my video review of the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. My overall impression of the Tablet 2 is very good. It is a Thinkpad and looks and feels business class.


  • SIM Card/Data Capable
  • Ligher than Surface but not too light
  • standard USB charging port
  • Full sized USB for peripherals
  • slick Thinkpad quality bluetooth keyboard as extra accessory
  • ATOM processor and Win8 Pro means you can run standard Windows Apps


  • easy for hands to cover speakers
  • squeezing the unit in the middle—flexes, not solid

How to Use snom UC Edition Address Book Search With Microsoft Lync


The address book search works quite slick on snom 7xx (and others). For the snom 720 and 760 there is a dedicated search button you can just press.

If you are on a snom 710 you will need to login to the web UI and set one of the 4 soft buttons to be a “ABS” (address book search) button. (shown below)


Now just press the Directory/ABS button and type in the name you want to lookup JUST like on a Lync Phone Edition device, wait a moment and the users that match will be displayed along with the presence for the users.


Video below on how it works:



the 720/760 is the Directory/ABS button

LPE requires no button press,

Directory (ABS), 627 (MAR)

But now lets look at how snom UC Edition goes beyond LPE

directory, now you can use number OR letters (to be more specific)

you can search users OR Distribution Groups (not Lync created groups)

at the end talk about 710 button define in WUI.

Ubiquiti Unifi Now Supports Zero-Handoff Roaming: Extremely Affordable Voice Wifi Network?


We have been using Ubiquiti Networks very affordable Unifi access points to bring WIFI to blanket large areas. Unifi firmware version 3.02 BETA has been released which now brings zero-handoff roaming (roaming for real-time/VoIP) to these very low priced access points. Below we will give a quick run through of our initial experience with this new firmware and feature.

How To Setup

First update your Unifi to firmware version 3.02. (you will need to sign up as a Beta user).  Next setup a new WLAN Group by navigating Settings > Wireless Networks >


Next add a new WLAN Group by click the “+”. Now give a name and Enabled Zero-handoff to make your roaming WLAN Group.


Finally just add the access points you want to participate in this roaming group to this WLAN Group and you should be good to go.

NOTE: Zero-handoff participating access point need to have WPApsk security enabled.

What Our Simple Tests Indicate

NOTE: Please note that Unifi is NOT Microsoft Lync certified wifi access point.

For our first test we used a Nexus 4 Android phone running Lync 2013 Mobile connected to Lync Server 2013. We initiated a VoIP call to a mobile phone and then walked from 1 access point to another while a system administrator ensured that a handoff from one access point to another occurred using the Unfi admin panel. There was no apparent audio dropout or distortion that we could notice.

We also configured the Spectralink 8440 wifi portable phone to connect to a standard SIP based PBX. Once again the audio did not seem to cut out during a call. We did notice that if roaming occurred when the Spectralink was on the fringe of both access points there was some audio distortion.

(these  simple tests did not test loading the access points, just 1 simple call)


This was a very basic test. But I think it is very interesting to see Unifi get zero-handoff roaming capability that at first look appears like it could eventually work with VoIP equipment. Calendar Metro-ization Is Now Live

It looks like my Calendar is now Metroized!


sharing calendar




Totally expected, but rumors are that Skype will  be coming to as well.

How To Achieve Dial By Extension With Exchange Unified Messaging 2010 & 2013 Auto Attendant

One of the challenges with Exchange UM Auto Attendants is that you cannot have both accept "Key Mapping" and "Dial Extension Number" using the same time Auto Attendant. This blog will outline how to get functionality very close to this.

While you can not have an Auto Attendant the accepts DTMF to select a key mapping/option AND dials an extension directly, you can have the below scenario’s:

  • Have an Auto Attendant that allows you to type an extension number directly or say a Key Mapping option (start at step 1)
  • Have an Auto Attendant that allows you to dial a Key Mapping options and just have one of the key mappings send you to the Dial Extension auto attendant (Step 2)
  • Have an Auto Attendant that plays a prompt and allows you to dial an extension directly. (jump to step 2)
Step 1: Defining The Auto Attendant That Allows You To Say an Option or Dial an Extension Directly

This auto attendant is where you give users the option to say a option they want to go to. This auto attendant is very standard the only setting you need is on the General tab

  • Auto attendant is speech-enable = checked
  • Use this DTMF fallback auto attendant = checked
    • then select our auto attendant define in step 2.


What this will do is wait for caller to say an option. If they dial an extension instead, the DTMF dial will be sent to the Auto Attendant you define under “Use this DTMF fallback auto attendant”.

Step 2: Defining The DTMF Fallback Auto Attendant

The DTMF Fallback auto attendant must be configured as shown below:

  • General | Auto Attendant is speech-enabled = unchecked
  • Key Mapping | Enabled business hours key mapping = unchecked


key mapping show



While it sure would be nice to be able to use DTMF to select an auto attendant option or dial by extension from the same Auto Attendant I think this is a reasonable work around at the moment, but I sure hope the Exchange team is listening: this should be addressed.



# to goto contact lookup, and # again to go to dial an extension

Bluetooth Handsets


Hype Cordless Bluetooth Handset, Speaker: $23



Native Union MM05 Handset: $29


MM02: $59

Spanish Edition of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step By Step for Anyone eBook Available Soon


Is in the final stages of being translated to Spanish by Lync MVP Peter Diaz.

Get it for free on TechNet Gallery Soon Here:

Get the English Edition Today Here:

New #snom IP DeskPhone Does Multi-Touch, Video, Uses Native Lync 2013 Software?

[NOTE: At the moment all I have is these pictures]

The pictures appear to be a snom device sporting a large multi-touch screen and video cam. From what I can see the software running on this device looks similar to Lync 2013 Mobile.

Does this have something to do with snom’s recent posting about a position opening for a Senior Android developer?

We are hearing the device supports the following features:

  • Multi-party video calling (active speaker only)
  • Multi-touch and swipe gesture navigation
  • Exchange Calendar integration and Lync meeting Join from the phone
  • Direct Blue-tooth headset support
  • The phone can receive IM’s Directly on the phone


closer picture


This looks like one phone I need to get my hands on.

Happy April!