How Lync Enables You to Link with Others

In today’s increasingly connected world, companies are constantly offering new solutions to help consumers stay connected with others – family, friends, business partners, etc. Likewise, Lync solution comes with the promise to connect people virtually anytime and anywhere, across the PC, phone and browser.

Microsoft announced Wednesday the general availability of Microsoft Lync. So, you can download a free trial version of Lync at, and business customers can purchase Lync beginning Dec. 1.

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Lync is a single platform that integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice. It brings people together covering applications such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

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“Lync delivers on our vision to unify all of the modes of modern business communication, giving people a more collaborative, ‘in person’ experience with features like HD video, conference recording, and social features like status updates and activity feeds,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Lync & Speech Group.

“In addition to transforming how people communicate, IT departments are also looking to Lync to evolve their infrastructure and enhance or eliminate their traditional PBX systems, saving money and saving time.”

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Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact study that found that for a composite organization Lync 2010 offers a risk-adjusted ROI of 337 percent, including $6.35 million in hard cost savings over three years, with a payback period of 12 months.

According to Microsoft, over 70 new devices optimized for Lync, including a variety of IP phones, headsets, speakerphones and webcams, are being announced by Polycom Inc., Aastra Technologies Ltd. and other device partners.

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Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 will be available for businesses of all sizes to purchase on Dec. 1, 2010.

Microsoft Lync Online will be available as part of Office 365, with voice capabilities available in 2011. Lync Online will include instant messaging, presence, audio and video conferencing, and PC-to-PC voice calls.

Microsoft Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Microsoft Communications Server, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Communicator, and now also includes Microsoft Lync Web App and Microsoft Lync Online.

Photo courtesy: Microsoft

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Rakesh Raman