Integrating IM into Outlook 2010/13 without a Lync Server?
Posted on 2013-12-02
Running our own exchange 2013 server. We have been using a pretty bare bones IM client called "LAN Messenger" (free) for short immediate messages between users. It's fine for what it is, but the request has come up to integrate IM into Outlook 10/13. I looked into MSFT's approach to this and I need to configure and license and maintain a server for this purpose which seems unnecessary for short messages over the LAN or VPN with no storage requirement. So - is there a way to either:
1. Enable the integrated IM features of Outlook without a lync server
OR (if #1=no)
2. Install a 3rd party outlook plugin or whatever that will provide simple basic IM over the LAN - essentially what we have but integrated w/ Outlook