Microsoft Lync Server 2010, the next generation of Microsoft Office Communications Server, can help your customers reach new levels of performance and productivity by making connections more engaging, productive, and accessible. With a single interface that unites communications, supports a variety of mobile devices, and offers interoperability with existing systems, Lync Server enables connections—virtually anytime, anywhere. It does this by bringing together the different ways people communicate together in a single interface that facilitates rapid user adoption that reduces both capital and operational costs. Customers can choose to deploy Lync Online as a pure cloud service or split cloud/on-premise service with the Lync Server.
What can it do?
- It's a single interface that unites voice, instant messaging (IM), audio, video, and web conferencing.
- Reduce cost on communication by converging them into one platform and decrease third-party carrier spending.
- Lync Server 2010 can deployed on-premise or in a hosted or hybrid environment.
- Stay connected virtually anywhere with an Internet connection through mobile or web access, and still have security features outside the firewall without need of a VPN connection.
- Connects with other public instant messaging networks such as Windows Live, AOL, Yahoo!, and Google Talk. Audio and video calls with users on Windows Live Messenger is supported.
- Search for others based on skill, expertise, and group information.
- View the presence of contacts and communicate with them via voice, video, sharing applications, or sharing PowerPoints.
- With the new Activity Feed, you can see your contacts' status updates, contact photos, location, and other activities.
- Lync Server 2010 works alongside Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft Office applications and allows you to share these documents with others.
- Share documents, presentations, annotate slides, and use visual pointers for more effective discussions via instant messaging and online meetings.
- Schedule meetings from Outlook and join via the PC, phone, or web access.
Lync users can be hosted on-premise or online, which provides different capabilities.
Lync Online, the cloud version of Lync, is where users use Lync as a service and Microsoft hosts the servers. Lync Online is a component of Microsoft BPOS Wave 14 suite of services. Users of Lync Online will be able to use enterprise IM and conferencing. Voice capabilities will be available in late 2011 after it launches. PBX replace is not planned to be available.
Lync Servers hosted on-premise will have the capability of enterprise IM, conferencing, voice, and PBX replace. Customers will still be able to deploy Exchange and SharePoint in the cloud with on-premise Lync Server 2010.
- Enterprise IM
- PC to PC audio/video calling
- Activity Feed
- Click to communicate in Office
- Federation with Lync Server/ Lync Online
- Federation with Windows Live Messenger
- Lync for Mac
- Planned to be released in !4 of 2011: Lync web app for IM/Presence, Mobile phone clients (2011), IM archiving (2011)
- Multiparty (3+) PC audio/video
- Ad-hoc collaboration (audio/video/screen sharing)
- Desktop sharing
- Application sharing
- Online meetings
- Rich web clients
- Integrated PSTN audio conferencing via partners: Dial into the conference using a landline or mobile phone, which requires a separate service from an audio conferencing partner. This will be transparent to the end user.
- Call landline phones and mobiles
- Forward and transfer calls
- Simultaneous ringing another number
- Exchange void mail integration
- (Phone number and calling plans are provided by a separate service from a Telco partner)
- PBX Replace (for on-premise servers)
- Equipment on customer premises: Branch office appliance, and fax and analog devices
- Automatic E911
- Call admission control
- Existing telephony integration
- Call park, hunt groups
You can learn more information on Microsoft Lync Server 2010 here.
With Microsoft Messenger for Mac, Mac users in your organization can get many of the benefits of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 including voice and video calls to Microsoft Lync users, rich presence information, and more. Learn more at the Microsoft Office for Mac site.