Lync 2010 for Android – NOPE

Following the rollout at the office of upgraded instant messaging–Microsoft Lync 2010–I decided to take advantage of the cross-platform capability of the client and install it on my Android phone–my trusty Galaxy Nexus.  I would have installed it on my 2012 Nexus 7, but. much to my chagrin, there is no tablet compatible version available.  That should have been my first warning sign.

There were so many things wrong with this application, I do not know where to begin.

  • The application still appeared to be in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread style as opposed to Android 4 Holo style.  The dialog boxes and configuration menus tipped me off to this.
  • The application would throw strange errors and could never stay online.  When I would try to return to an online status, the application would throw an odd error asking to restart it.  Inevitably, I would have to “force stop” the application and restart my phone.
  • No tablet-compatible version.

After dealing with this multiple times, I had enough and uninstalled the application.  It suddenly dawned on me: Why would I want to be accessible via enterprise IM when not at work or not using remote access?