can we install lync client without lync server?

can we install lync client without lync server?
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
If you are running Lync 365 all you need is the Lync Autodiscover records... no on premise Server
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usuthAuthor Commented:
We have our exchange 2010 and office 2010 onsite. Planning to have Lync for all the users. But we cannot afford to buy and install the Lync server. So can we directly buy from Microsoft for Lync only and install it on our client machine?
How that is work?
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
You can get a Lync Online service which you would pay per person.
There are a lot of companies out there who will host this for you if you don't want to deal with microsoft directly.

The Lync Client is free and it can work out much much cheaper than running and entire solution if you have only a few users.

When you have lync online, you will have a lync autodiscover DNS record which will point your clients to the hosted service on the cloud. Or you could just use Lync Web Apps and not have the client. But you will have reduced functionality.
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usuthAuthor Commented:
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Guy LidbetterCommented:
Hi Usuth,

Please select one of the answers as the solution.

The answer to your question is that you can install the client but it will not work without an on premise or cloud solution in place.

Clients cannot just talk to each other.

Regards

Guy
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