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What all Operating Systems does Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Support?

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Lync Server 2013 is supported for both Microsoft and Mac Operating systems. Make sure if you are deploying to both platforms, you can support issues on either OS. The first thing to recognize is which operating systems are supported with Lync Server 2013. It is important to remember that Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported with Lync Server 2013 clients.

Lync Server 2013 supports the 64-bit editions of the following operating systems:

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Standard operating system (required) or latest service pack (recommended)
  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Enterprise operating system (required) or latest service pack
  • (recommended)
  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Datacenter operating system (required) or latest service pack
  • (recommended)
  • The Windows Server 2012 Standard operating system
  • The Windows Server 2012 Datacenter operating system
  • The Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems are supported with the Cumulative Updates for Lync
  • Server 2013: October 2013.
  • The Windows 7 operating system with SP1 operating system (required) or latest service pack
  • (recommended)
  • The Windows 8 operating or latest service pack (recommended)

Lync Server 2013 is not supported on the following:

  • The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012
  • The Windows Web Server 2008 R2 operating system or the Windows Web Server 2012 operating system
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition or Windows Server 2012 HPC Edition
  • Windows XP with any service pack
  • Windows Vista with any service pack

Lync Server 2013 is available only for Windows. However, Lync Server 2013 supports the following clients on computers that are running Mac OS 10.5.8 or latest service pack or release (Intel-based) operating systems (Mac OS 10.9 is not currently supported).

  • Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011

For those of you with a mixed desktop platform environment, you will be supporting both Mac and Windows. Here are some helpful tips to help you support such an environment:
A.   If you are pulled in multiple directions because of lack of IT resources, then create a list of common Q&A with instructions on how to resolve an issue on a company intranet so users may be able to answer their own questions.

B.    If your  skills are not balanced out between both operating systems, work with the one you know the least. Being primarily around something new can help you learn it more quickly.

C.    For larger environments, it may be justifiable to bring on another resource to help support the OS you are not as familiar with. Adding another resource can help free up your time to work on other issues that require your attention.

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