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Microsoft released its rejigged office communications server yesterday, which was anointed by none other than William Henry "Bill" Gates III. It has been renamed Lync and according to the company blurb, the software brings together instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice under one roof. …


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  1. Herne


    There's me thinking it was an upgrade to LINQ.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    or otherwise known as MSN?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns


    If they are all 'under one roof' it makes it easier to ignore and block! Go MS! No really, go....

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Definite improvement from OCS 2007 R2

    ...but they're also moving into new territory with it in terms of trying to compete with or replace the old, reliable PBXs. In fact, the only voice area they're not trying to move into (yet at least) is enterprise call centers. Typical of Microsoft marketing prowess, they will be getting more than a few punters to bite. My friend at another IT outsourcer told me he had 3 clients ask him this week about installing Lync.

    Then core product improvements with presence, IM, conferncing, etc (i.e. everything but voice) are great... but I for one am a little worried about replacing the good old, rock solid and reliable traditional phone systems with Windows. I've been around long enough to know that out of our population of managed environments, we'll see at least one major cock-up and people will go absolutely bat-shit crazy on us for it. If you think it's bad when mail goes down, that is absolutely nothing in comparison to the phones dying.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    been playing with it for a month or 2 now

    Its not to bad to be honest but its really just a rebrabded version of office communicator with some enhanced voip and virtual meeting stuff.

    PLays quite nicely with sharepoint 2010, tried using it with onenote 2010 as a virtual interactive whiteboard with moderate sucess

    but yeah basically msn messenger from 2 years ago slotted into office with a voip stack

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lync = OCS on steroids!

    it appears that Lync is a huge step up on the old OCS product we used, so I'm really looking forward to it as it does a better job of integrating desktop sharing and live meeting stuff.

    of course the big question is... does it work with Kinect?!

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      yes it does!;content

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Yes... it does (or will) work with Kinect!

  7. iamapizza

    Tried searching

    Couldn't find anything about this. Could somebody send me a lync please?

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