Lync 2010 and Microsoft Office Compatibility

The following table describes the Lync 2010 features that are supported by various versions of Office.

Feature Microsoft Office 2003 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) Microsoft Office 2007 Microsoft Office 2010
Presence status in the Microsoft Outlook To and Cc fieldsPresence status appears on hoverPresence status is always shownPresence status is always shown
Reply with conference call from the Presence menuNoYesYes (from the contact card)
Presence status in a Meeting Request on the Scheduling Assistant tabNoYesYes
Reply with IM, or call from the toolbar or ribbon in a received emailNoYesYes
Presence status in the Outlook From fieldYesYesYes
Reply with IM or voice from Presence menuYesYesYes (from the contact card)
IM and presence in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files (smart tags enabled)YesYesMicrosoft Word only
IM and presence in Microsoft SharePoint sites (Outlook must be installed)YesYesYes

The following features are available only with Office 2010 and Lync:
  • New contact card with expanded options, such as video call and desktop sharing
  • Quick search from the Find a Contact field in Outlook
  • Reply with an IM or call from the Outlook Home ribbon in the Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks folders
  • Lync Contacts list in Outlook To-Do Bar
  • Office Backstage (File tab) presence status, application sharing, and file transfer
  • Presence menu in Microsoft Office SharePoint Workspace 2010 (formerly Microsoft Office Groove 2007)
  • Presence menu extensibility
Thanks fot VoIPNorm for the link to Lync 2010 and Microsoft Office Compatibility.