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Is there a Lync alternative on a Mac such that I can still use my Microsoft contacts? Note that I desire to keep all my outlook contacts from Lync but simply using a different service to communicate with them. For example, if I could chat with my outlook contacts via iMessages, that would be ideal. However, if there is a 3rd party messaging service which will allow me to chat with outlook contacts, that will be good too.

  • Do you know if you connect to a Lync server hosted by Microsoft or one run internally by your organisation? – Alistair McMillan Mar 24 '15 at 18:29
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I use Adium, there is an extension that lets you connect to Lync servers.

Protocol plugin for Office 365/Lync/OCS

works only with:

A third-party Pidgin/Adium/Miranda/Telepathy plugin for the extended version of SIP/SIMPLE used by various products:

  • Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)
  • Microsoft Lync Server
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS 2007/2007 R2)
  • Microsoft Live Communications Server (LCS 2003/2005)

Once you have the Xtra installed, you can add your Lync account as an "Office Communicator" account.

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    For me (in September 2015) this Xtra did not work, but using this Adium plugin - and the awesome FAQ and Help pages i got it up and running: sourceforge.net/projects/sipe – Georg Engel Sep 17 '15 at 6:42
  • This plugin recommended by Georg here worked for me as well (Sept 2016) – biggusjimmus Sep 27 '16 at 16:48

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