The Information Dashboard for Microsoft Lync 2013 is a rewrite of a 2010 version which was released by Microsoft. It's been updated, restyled and released for free.

Information Dashboard for Microsoft Lync 2013

Information Dashboard for Microsoft Lync 2013

Using the Information Dashboard gives you context about your remote contacts by showing their local time, weather, and local news.

Break the ice with new contacts, or easily catch up with co-workers. Know whether they've just got up, or are just going to bed.

Free to use, for everyone, for ever

The Information Dashboard is a free download with no license restrictions on how many people in your organisation can use it.

Direct Download from Microsoft Azure. No registration. No form to fill in. Definitely no stupid add-ons or ‘search helpers’. Just the code.
— Tom, ThoughtStuff