Lync Basic 2013 gives you instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, Skype for Business (Lync) Meetings, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities all from one, easy-to-use program.

It’s a slimmer version of the full Lync 2013 client that provides all of the same core functionality.

However, to use the following features, your company would have to upgrade to Lync 2013: Skype for Business (Lync) uses a Quick Skype for Business (Lync) menu with each contact listing to provide lots of functionality without any clutter.

You can start a chat, an audio or video call, or view a contact card with a single click.

Pause on the three dots on the right side to see more options.

Tip: Use the Add a contact icon to help you quickly build your Contacts list.

The selections on the Contacts view give you multiple display options.

Click Groups to see your contacts and chat rooms organized by the groups you’ve defined.

Click Status to see your contacts organized by availability (online, away, unavailable, or unknown).Click Relationships to see them grouped according to the privacy relationships you’ve defined for them, or click New to see a list of people who’ve asked to be included on your Contacts list.Use the Contact List options to set up how you want to sort and display contacts.You can select an expanded, two-line view that shows contacts’ pictures or a condensed one-line view.You can also sort contacts alphabetically or by availability.With tabbed conversations, you can keep all your calls, instant messages, and chat rooms in one conversation window.