Microsoft Lync 2013 Client Gets February 2013 Update: Most Requested Feature, Hide Offline Contacts Included!



This update includes quite a few fixes including the most requested feature over at Hide Offline Contacts, which had 69 votes!

Enhancements Noted in KB 2812461

  • Enables users to hide offline contacts in the contact list.
  • Enables users to receive buddy invites from untrusted networks.Note This option is available under Alerts in Lync Options.
  • Improves the support for high dots per inch (DPI) displays, for Microsoft Narrator, and for other accessibility features.
  • Fixes bugs that are related to Location sharing and settings.
  • Fixes bugs that are related to Tabbed Conversations.
  • Enables participants to join online meetings by dialing out to their telephone number if online meetings are scheduled by a non-audio-enabled Lync 2013 user.
  • Improves the handling of devices that have both a front-facing and rear-facing camera.
  • Improves the user experience when you join a Lync meeting in a Lync Room System-enabled room.

Enhancements and Bugs Not Listed in KB

  • When hovering over a Contact Group, there is a new Bullet that clearly highlights the group
  • The Conversation tab is now populated from Exchange!
  • The Phone tab VoiceMail now populated!

Show Offline, Away and Unknown Presence Contacts in a Separate Group (below)


New Group Hover Indicator


Conversation History Now Populated from Exchange


Why are there TWO files to update Lync?

There are 2 files involved in update 15.0.4454.1506 and you need to run both updates. The MSORES file contains icons/images and will not normally need to be updated. The LYNCLOC file is the actual Lync update.

Download the Lync and MSOffice update files here:


  1. Thanks for the info!
    Will theses updates eventually show up on WSUS or how are they supposed to be rolled out?
    Are they for both, The Full Blown as well as the Basic 2013 Client?

  2. This is good but it would be good to hide offline only and not also away contacts. grouping them together doesnt make much sense.

  3. This only hides offline contacts in groups you create manually, if you add an exchange group or DG in, then it still shows offline contacts. What a lazy attempt.


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