how do i test microsoft lync if i dont have a account?

How do I test Microsoft Lync if we dont use microsoft lync ourselves?
Our problem is we have an important customer who uses microsoft Lync and we always have issues connecting to them for important conferences.  I would like to be able to test our equipment well and write instructions for our users.  For example, skype has a skype call testing feature. does Microsoft lync have anything familiar.

I would be grateful for any advice
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James HodgeManaging DirectorCommented:
Hi,

Nothing like for like is available.

You could sign up for a free trial of Office 365 (with Lync Online) to test some functionality. You get a 'free month' which should give you enough time to prove your equipment and write up some documentation.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/try/

James
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
I'm guessing you are using the Lync web app for this? You can review this article for instructions how to use it:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/communicator-help/quick-start-participate-in-online-meetings-with-lync-web-app-HA101901732.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA101908015

or if they are on the new Office version:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/01/14/lync-2013-the-new-lync-web-app.aspx#

Also, with the Skype integration available now, you can simply ask them to enable this functionality so you can join with the Skype client. It doesnt support all features yet, but audio calls are available. More info here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/lync/archive/2013/05/23/lync-skype-connectivity-available-today.aspx
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resolver1Author Commented:
How long will it take to sign up for Office 365 (with Lync Online) and configure lync for a meeting - bare in mind I've never used lync or office 365?  Can you see any show stoppers with doing so?

Thanks for the heads up on skype integration but the guys want to be able to view the white boards ect.. ill keep my eye on developments.

I've managed to get on the next meeting so I can test it myself next week.  One of the engineers was on meeting earlier in the week and he was able to share his desktop.  The meeting that worked was using Internet Explorer and the meeting that didn't was chrome? is there a limited functionality with chrome?
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James HodgeManaging DirectorCommented:
Hello,

You can sign up with a trial and be ready to test within half an hour. It doesn't take long at all.

Google Chrome is not completely compatible with Lync Online Meetings. Needs to IE7+ or Firefox.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg412781.aspx

James
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resolver1Author Commented:
Thanks alot for the help.  I'll leave it 3'olcok today (we have a meeting scheduled) and test it with internet explorer and also chrome and let know the results.  

Thanks
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resolver1Author Commented:
The server for our lync wasnt available but im going to assign the points for the answers as i dont know whne the next meeting is.  I can always sign upto the office 365 demo.
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