Microsoft communicator not updating availability

But now that I know they *may* be available despite the displayed status, I might try IM’ing them and not holding off until their status changes.

Update January 2012: Peter C, a work colleague, told me how to set your reminders in Outlook so that Lync doesn’t report you as Busy.

But I have not yet seen one specifically for Lync, so here is a brief overview.

Basically the same configuration steps are used as what Office Communicator 2007 R2 required, since a change to the default security behavior was added after the 2007 (R1) client which prevented the use of non HTTPS connections to the configuration file.

This article has been updated (September 2012) to include an additional set of instructions describing a more secure configuration approach meant for production deployments.

The original basic configuration was intended for one-off usage or testing, while the newer more secure method is considered best practice for production deployments.

I just ran a test with a colleague, and even if I dismiss the Calendar reminder, my status still shows as Busy until the time expires.

The only way I can ‘kill’ it is to delete the ‘appointment’ (it takes a minute or two for your status to change back after deleting the appointment) or to manually change my status to Available.

I won’t IM or call someone whose Lync status is Busy.

To use Avaya Communicator for Microsoft Lync for the Lync 2013 client (Full or Basic), you must first download & apply the minimum patch Available at 2. Then the new Lync Client SDK distributed with Avaya Communicator for Microsoft Lync shall be installed. If you have a previous version of the Avaya Communicator for Lync installed it will also need to be removed prior to the new client installation. It is recommended to run windows updates before installing Lync/Client Collaboration Services.

To use Lync Integration for the Lync 2010 client, you must first download & apply the minimum patch available. The latest Lync 2013/Skype for Business 2015 updates are available at

Which is all very fine if you use Outlook’s Calendar to schedule your meetings.

But what about if you use the calendar for other purposes, such as a reminder tool?

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