Microsoft today released a new update to its Lync "Modern" app for Windows 8/RT, adding a number of features that were previously available only in the desktop version. Key among these are some features that make the app usable by Lync Meeting presenters.

"We are proud to bring you this new version of Lync and are excited to continue adding features, improve performance and make the app even better," the Lync team notes in a new post to the Lync Team Blog. "We continue to listen to feedback and starting today, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app."

Here's what's new in what Microsoft is calling the March update to its Lync Windows Store app.

Manage Lync meeting participants. For the first time in the Modern app, you can manage meeting participants, individually or in a group. This means you can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in the lobby.

Access conversation controls when you are in a call or meeting. In kind of a nice user experience change, you can now access controls at the bottom of the screen to mute/unmute audio, view participants, start or stop video, or leave the conversation.

Meet Now. With this new feature, you can start an impromptu meeting and collaborate on a subject that requires immediate attention, without having to schedule a meeting in advance.

Pin your meetings list to the Start screen. This is an interesting feature for you Start screen hoarders: You can pin your meetings list to the Start screen now and see your schedule at a glance.

Pin in a Join/Meet Now tile to the Start screen. You can also pin a new Join/Meet Now tile to the Start screen. If you have a Lync Meeting now or starting soon, tapping the tile will open Lync and join the meeting. At other times, tapping the tile lets you start a new, ad-hoc meeting.

And more. The new release also fixes some issues, including one that was preventing some users from successfully signing in.

You can find out more about this release in Microsoft's What's new in Lync Windows Store app.

You can download Lync for Windows 8/RT from the Windows Store. Or, if you already have Lync installed, you should be auto-updated sometime in the next 24 hours.