Understanding SharePoint & Lync Online Integration

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Using Office 365 online services allows you to leverage one or more of these services while working.  For example, while logged into Lync Online using the Lync 2010 client, you can see Presence information about others in your online company within SharePoint Online.  These presence jelly-beans provide a way to see whether a user is online, offline, busy, etc and also to quickly start an IM conversation.  This cross-service functionality also extends into Messaging as well, where Presence and IM conversation capabilities can be used within Outlook Web Access (OWA) and/or Outlook.  To understand how this cross-service functionality works and how the Lync Client can view Presence and provide IM capabilities, the following shows the inner-workings of this client-side operation:


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