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  • I have an invitation for a Lync meeting like this:

    https://meet.td.com/td/meet/steve.symonds/Q902NND5

    What I want to do is open Lync, paste the information from the URL and join the meeting.  I do not want to have it open a browser first.

    So, how do I use the information in the link to join the meeting directly from Lync, without clicking on the link first, which causes the browser to launch?  That's just a complete waste of time and resources.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 1:45 PM

Answers

  • One more detail - a https URL will always use a browser to communicate with the web server. Once the Lync Client App is launched, the IE browser will close automatically. If Chrome is your default browser, it will remain open after the Lync Client App is launched - a Lync plug-in is required.

    If you want to completely eliminate the browser you will have to use the conf:sip protocol. Use the following:

    conf:sip:<email address>;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:<meeting id>%3f

    e.g. conf:sip:don.rrrr@domain.com;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:soM3Num63r%3f

    Include this in your shortcut and it will launch the join meeting using the Lync Client App.

    • Proposed as answer by Ron Chin Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by G Britton Friday, March 27, 2020 3:17 PM
    Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:45 AM
  • Hmmm well since the topic and original question is how to do this without using a browser, that's not really an answer I think.  

    I actually think the only answer is, "you can't. but go ahead and ask for a new feature!"

    • Marked as answer by G Britton Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:11 PM
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:11 PM

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  • It's not designed to do that.

    Skype/Lync and all SIP clients that I am aware of only make calls to other SIP endpoints OR, it can route to another gateway.   This URL would mean nothing to a SIP client.

    The reason that it launches in the browser is becuase you are clicking on a link that is HTTPS and, that is associated with your default browser.   When you click on the HTTPS, and the browser opens - it knows (because of the GET from Skype) to launch Skype and handle the transaction.  

    IMO, clicking on HTTPS ... and having everything work automagically - works quicker and more efficiently than opening Outlook, Copying, switching tasks, pasting into Skype - and launching that way.  IMO.

    • Proposed as answer by Greg Seeber Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:55 PM
    Friday, May 13, 2016 7:03 PM
  • "It's not designed to do that."

    Pity.  IT would be so much better if clicking on the link in Outlook e.g. would launch Lync directly (not using Skype here).  Using IE to launch Lync is like launching a toy rocket with an Atlas V booster.

    And...there's a problem if your default browser is *not* IE (mine is Chrome).  I have to copy the link, open IE, paste the link and hit enter just to launch Lync.  I don't need to use IE for anything else (which is why its not my default).  It's just a (monstrously huge) dispatcher.

    Friday, May 13, 2016 8:15 PM
    1. Install Microsoft Lync Attendee Client

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15755


    Gautam.

    Sunday, May 15, 2016 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee is a conferencing client that allows users without Microsoft Lync 2010 installed, to participate in online meetings."

    However, I *do* have Lync 2010 installed.  So, I guess that won't help me much.

    Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:40 PM
  • Hi G Britton,

    Would you please tell us why you copy the Lync meeting URL to Internet Explorer manually instead of open it with Chrome directly?

    Did you meet any issue when using chrome to join Lync meeting?

    Chrome is supported to join Lync meeting using Lync Web App, it is the same to be a redirect browser to open Lync client.

    The supported browser to use Lync web app ,you can refer to:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425820(v=ocs.15).aspx

    According to this article, the required version is 32bit chrome 18.X, if the version is right, right click the meeting link, choose “go to  https://meet.td.com/td/meet/steve.symonds/Q902NND5”, then you can choose “use communicator”, at external protocol request page, select launch Application ,you can join the meeting directly.

    Best Regards


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    Eason Huang
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    Monday, May 16, 2016 8:31 AM
  • "Would you please tell us why you copy the Lync meeting URL to Internet Explorer manually instead of open it with Chrome directly?'

    Sure, when I click on the link in Outlook, Chrome starts up and issues this message:

    Microsoft ® Silverlight 4.0 at least is required We rely on Silverlight to provide your meeting experience. 
    
    Download and install Microsoft Silverlight Alternatives for joining the meeting: Use Communicator If you already have Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 or earlier installed, you can join the meeting with reduced collaboration functionality. 
    
    For the best experience, use a supported web browser. <link>

     Following the link at the end, I can see that Chrome is not on the supported browser list. Since Chrome is not on the supported browser list for Lync 2010, I copy the link to IE.  The article you referred to is for Lync 2013.

    Even if it *did* apply, that doesn't answer my fundamental question.  I should be able to join a Lync meeting without any browser installed.  AFAICS, the browser is just an 800-lb program launcher.



    • Edited by G Britton Monday, May 16, 2016 1:20 PM
    Monday, May 16, 2016 1:20 PM
  • My friend, you are using a product that is several revs old.    

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=15708

    The product is now in extended support cycle.   No longer in mainstream support.

    I do understand your complaints but your issue has been resolved for some time now with Lync 2013 and S4B.  It's no longer an an issue.  

    I would recommend engaging with your UC management and urge them to upgrade their platform to a recent platform.  That's my 2 cents anyways. 

    Is there a reason that you won't upgrade?  can you lodge your complaint to your management perhaps?  

    Thanks.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 1:52 PM
  • Yup, I know that the product is in extended support.  In fact, we have many installations in extended support of many products.  Our company is very conservative and purposely stays far away from the "latest and greatest".

    I'm sorry I'm not explaining myself very well.  Let me try again.

    1. Someone sends me a meeting request which I accept.

    2. The meeting appears in my Outlook calendar

    3. When the popup appears for the meeting (say 15 min. before the start), I click on the link

    4. The link opens in Chrome, but Chrome is not supported for Lync 2010

    5. I copy the link to IE and run it there.

    What I'm looking for is a way to shorten the steps from 3-5.  I want to:

    3. When the popup appears, copy the meeting info

    4. Launch Lync, paste the meeting id somewhere and go.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 2:06 PM
  • fwiw the end of extended support for Lync 2010 is not until 2021.  It is possible that my company will not start migrating for a few years but will be try to be completely off that version by that date.
    Monday, May 16, 2016 2:27 PM
  • The community uses the following URL to request features for Skype/Lync.

    http://lync.ideascale.com/

    Here is where we can put our requests.  Or, you can contact Microsoft directly with a feature request.

    P.S. I hope your leader isn't still running Windows XP.  

    Monday, May 16, 2016 4:57 PM
  • dunno about our fearless leader, but I know we still have some windows 2000 and xp around the place.  What can I say?  Big org, locked-in apps, stubborn users!
    Monday, May 16, 2016 6:53 PM
  • I think the only way is to copy the link manual and paste it into the right browser or to change the default browser.


    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    • Proposed as answer by Eason Huang Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:36 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by G Britton Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:10 PM
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:16 AM
  • Hmmm well since the topic and original question is how to do this without using a browser, that's not really an answer I think.  

    I actually think the only answer is, "you can't. but go ahead and ask for a new feature!"

    • Marked as answer by G Britton Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:11 PM
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:11 PM
  •  I have the exact same question. 

    Eg.
    https://meet.majorhost.com/ don.rrrr / soM3Num63r

    how do I fire up Lync/Skype-for-business  and pass it the meeting number embedded in the URL.

    the reason I want to do this is so I can create a shortcut on my desktop which opens Skype/Lync directly without going thru the browser first.

    Eg.    c:\...\Lync.exe -joinmeeting soM3Num63r

    Monday, September 11, 2017 10:18 PM
  • how do I fire up Lync/Skype-for-business  and pass it the meeting number embedded in the URL

    I've created a shortcut on my desktop so it does work.

    I'm assuming that IE is the default browser, Lync 2010 client is installed and all Lync ActiveX controls are enabled on the workstation.

    I think the original question re: join a Lync meeting without using a (IE) browser - is really about launching a meeting using the Lync Client App rather than the Lync Web App. My understanding is that you're expecting the Lync Client App to be launched when joining a meeting and most-likely by default the web app is launched when you click on the following link:

    https://meet.majorhost.com/don.rrrr/soM3Num63r

    There are a number of posts on different threads that describe this process for when the Lync Server will launch the Client App vs Web App. I believe what is happening is that the web app is launched because the meet.majorhost.com (referred to as host) thinks that the Lync Client App or Lync Attendant doesn't exist on your workstation. This is probably due to some configuration problem at host.

    To resolve - as many posts have suggested - is to modify the URL to include a suffix. So the URL would look like:

    https://meet.majorhost.com/don.rrrr/soM3Num63r?sl

    Note: other posts suggested a suffix of "?sl=" but that didn't work for me.

    This suffix tells the host to prompt the user for the type of client to use. Once the Lync Client App launches the meeting, the host should remember this. Any subsequent meeting joined should now use the Lync Client App - at least it did for me.

    At this point, a shortcut with the URL https://meet.majorhost.com/don.rrrr/soM3Num63r should launch a join meeting session with the Lync Client App. Note that the suffix is no longer required

    Note: If ever prompted, never select the Web App.

    • Proposed as answer by Ron Chin Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:22 AM
    Sunday, January 7, 2018 5:50 AM
  • One more detail - a https URL will always use a browser to communicate with the web server. Once the Lync Client App is launched, the IE browser will close automatically. If Chrome is your default browser, it will remain open after the Lync Client App is launched - a Lync plug-in is required.

    If you want to completely eliminate the browser you will have to use the conf:sip protocol. Use the following:

    conf:sip:<email address>;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:<meeting id>%3f

    e.g. conf:sip:don.rrrr@domain.com;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:soM3Num63r%3f

    Include this in your shortcut and it will launch the join meeting using the Lync Client App.

    • Proposed as answer by Ron Chin Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by G Britton Friday, March 27, 2020 3:17 PM
    Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:45 AM
  • I'll give that a try!  This is the first "real" answer since I opened the issue 7 months ago! 

    Thanks Ron. Hope it works!

    Monday, January 8, 2018 2:02 PM
  • NP. I'd be interested to know if it does resolve your issue. Good luck.
    Monday, January 8, 2018 6:44 PM
  • One more detail - a https URL will always use a browser to communicate with the web server. Once the Lync Client App is launched, the IE browser will close automatically. If Chrome is your default browser, it will remain open after the Lync Client App is launched - a Lync plug-in is required.

    If you want to completely eliminate the browser you will have to use the conf:sip protocol. Use the following:

    conf:sip:<email address>;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:<meeting id>%3f

    e.g. conf:sip:don.rrrr@domain.com;gruu;opaque=app:conf:focus:id:soM3Num63r%3f

    Include this in your shortcut and it will launch the join meeting using the Lync Client App.

    It works.

    This message should be marked as answer.


    Friday, March 27, 2020 7:51 AM
  • I never got to try this.  In the  (almost 4 years!) since I opened this thread, we've dumped Lync for Teams.  I suppose I'll never be able to confirm if the answer works.  Still I'll mark it good!
    Friday, March 27, 2020 3:16 PM