This article describes the Alerts options window, where you tell Lync what kinds of alerts you want to receive, and from whom.
Set the alert option for being added as a contact
By default, when someone adds you as a contact, Lync will add him or her to a running list of people you might consider adding to your own contacts list. At your convenience, you can review this list by clicking the New tab on the contacts view of the Lync main window. Look at the list of potential contacts, decide who to add to your own contacts list, and assign privacy relationships to those new contacts.
However, if you prefer, you can choose to automatically add to your contacts list anyone has added you as a contact. With this setting, you will never see contacts on the New list. Instead, the new contact is automatically added to your contacts list and is assigned the privacy relationship of colleague. To set the option to automatically add these contacts:
Under General alerts, clear the Tell me when someone adds me to his or her contact list check box.
Set the alert option for when your status is Do Not Disturb
If you are very busy, setting your status as Do Not Disturb is handy for reducing the number of interruptions you get. But you may still want to keep in touch with important contacts. You can make exceptions for contacts to whom you’ve assigned the Workgroup relationship (typically your closest coworkers).
Under When my status is Do Not Disturb, select one of the following options:
To hide all Lync alerts so that you cannot be interrupted when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Don’t show alerts.
To see only conversation requests from Workgroup members and hide all other alerts when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Show only conversation alerts from people in my Workgroup privacy relationship.
To see all alerts, but limit conversation requests to those sent by Workgroup members when your status is set to Do Not Disturb, click Show all alerts, but only conversation alerts from people in my Workgroup privacy relationship.
Set the alert option for contacts not using Lync
Lync supports having Skype users as contacts (when the Skype user is signed in with signed in with their Microsoft account [formerly Windows Live ID]), if your company is configured to support external contacts. For details contact your workplace technical support.
To be alerted to all, some, or no communications from Skype contacts, select the appropriate option under Contacts not using Lync.