I use Office365 on an E1 plan to run my massive business of one. With that plan, I get Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. It’s a fantastic deal for about $10 a month and works great for me.
I’ve sort of ignored the Lync component since there are so many other (somewhat better) options out there. But it seemed that I should at least get it set up so that I can do videoconferencing with my clients, primarily IM and screensharing. When I went to configure things, I ran into this gem of a help page (highlighting mine):
I feel like calling the documentation police on this one. I’ve read the two highlighted sections about 10 times each and they seem to directly contradict each other. Is it me?
If I can’t use Lync to do real work (IM, screensharing, audio, video) with anyone else who has Lync, then I’m not sure what the point of having it is. But from this documentation, I really don’t know!
One additinoal bote: I’ve got federation witrh external domains set up to work with all but blocked domains. In other words, I want this to be as open as possible: