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Loving Lync?

In April of last year I published a story about Microsoft Unified Communications.

This was soon after Lync came out. I was expecting hear good things, but not much more. Let's face it, UC has less sex appeal than Chris Christie and Harry Reid put together.

Boy was I wrong. Microsoft UC can be a game changer. Sure, you can save gobs of money through VoIP and downsizing legacy telecom infrastructure, but Lync lets you do new things and at the same time do old things in new ways. It's really about integration with common productivity apps and adding things like IM, presence, and Web and video conferencing.

I reckon it's time to give it a fresh look once again and I'm looking for your help. Are you using Microsoft UC or tools from another vendor? If so, shoot me an e-mail at dbarney@redmondmag.com and I'll be in touch.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/24/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 R.S.Sundar India

Hi We.at Aricent use Lync and this is extemely usefull than OCS. Livemeeting client is no longer required and users able to use the Meeting facility using OCS is extremely usefull. Platform - Available for android, windows,mac and wish its available for linux as well So users can access lync with variety of OS gives good independence to work in the OS of thier choice. Lync gives the flexibility to use in companies who uses sharepoint and enables colloborative environment to the Company One of the Best product from Microsoft and best value for customers and thier investment is worth for.

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 EagleOne Montreal, Canada

We use Lync since a few months in a corporate network. Compared to other UC products (like the one from Mitel), it's a way much better and it brought to Corporations what defunct Windows NetMeeting should have been almost 10 years ago. Never understood why MS didn't took more advantage of this product, maybe the infrastructure was not ready ? With this product, you can also ditch expensive products like GotoMeeting and WebEx, but only if all your communication partners are using the same tools (which of course is rarely the case, or until MS Lync becomes a new UC standard :-) )... Even die hard iPhone fans will love it, since a client is available for iOS5...

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