Posted by: kurtsh | September 13, 2010

BETA: Introducing “Microsoft Lync”, the official name of Communications Server 14


We’re excited to introduce Microsoft Lync, the new name for the next generation of our real-time communications products, known until today as Communications Server and Communicator. 

Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new connected experience transforming communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from any location with internet connectivity. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them.  Lync Server 2010 works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.

For folks looking to understand the “rebranding” analogies, here’s a table:


image Some interesting features to look forward to:

  1. Switch between your head-set and phone in the middle of a call with device switching.
  2. Gotta run? Leave the office and take your call with you on your mobile phone.
  3. Select multiple people and click to make a group call, and then drag-and-drop someone into the conference from Outlook.
  4. Connect with family while you’re travelling – start a high-definition voice and video conversation with a Windows Live Messenger user.
  5. Hush that annoying meeting participant.   When someone is causing bad audio on the conference call, Lync will identify which phone to mute to improve quality – and productivity.

Public Announcement is available here:

Release Candidate download available here:


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