Posted by: kurtsh | February 19, 2011

INFO: Why is Microsoft Lync 2010 so cool?

Internally, Lync is taking Microsoft by storm.  Exchange was a pretty big deal back in the mid 90’s and everyone was either talking about it, deploying it, or finding new uses for it.  Then I thought SharePoint was a big deal.  It spread like wildfire throughout Microsoft practically eliminating the use of file shares:  Everything is hosted on SharePoint now.

But now it’s Lync.  Our Unified Communications technology must have turned a corner or something because everyone is using the heck out of Lync 2010.  Phone calls, desktop integrated conference calls, internal presentations, external desktop sharing, online meeting with 100+ people on line… you name it.

clip_image002Which begs the question… why is Lync so cool relative to other Unified Communications clients, even it’s predecessor “Office Communicator”?


Single Application, Three Great Ways to Connect

  • One tool, many ways to connect – Lync combines the conversation features of Communicator with the collaboration and presentation functionality of Live Meeting and more in a single tool.
  • Easy online meetings – Easily join online meetings, revise and compare content, and present information from wherever you are.
  • Natural collaboration – Transform every day conversations into fully-fledged collaboration sessions with shared comments, documents, applications and media.

clip_image004Bring your work and people together.

  • Connect and share your work directly from within Microsoft Office applications – send your document through Lync or share your desktop from Save & Send in the File Menu.
  • Experts at your fingertips – Advanced search features help you find the people you need chat, meet or collaboration with using names or keywords.

clip_image006Lync is Your Phone.  Your Phone is Lync.

  • The phone you know but better – Lync is a phone on your PC that works the way you’d expect, but does so much more.  Lync has in-line access to voicemail, single click calling, and calling by name rather than number.
  • Conversations with context – Start your phone calls from within any document and frame the context of your conversation with the document title.
  • Experience greater clarity – Rich panoramic and HD video paired with HD audio give nuance to your communications. (must have HD capable hardware)

So give it a try!  The next time you get a conference call request from someone and you notice that the body mentions the Lync client, try downloading and installing the ‘Lync attendee client’.  (The ‘attendee client’ is the version of Lync’s desktop software for folks without Lync deployed in their organization)  It’ll allow you to participate in the Lync-originated conference call over VOIP directly from your PC, see remote desktop visuals, work on shared whiteboards & fill out polls, view/lead PowerPoint presentations, see video camera feeds from participants, download documents shared within the meeting, and of course, send & receive instant messages between participants… all over the open Internet. (Using a secure protocol & well-know ports, of course)


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