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Office Communicates New Name

Sometimes I think half of all Microsoft employees are hired to invent new names for existing products. In the past, I've been corrected by Microsoft PR for messing up a name. Then I point out the product is on its third name, and only its fourth version!

The latest case in point is Office Communication Server, which used to be Office Communicator, and is now simply Lync Server 2010 (didn't Lync star in the Mod Squad?).

The new version is in Release Candidate stage, which means it should be released soon.

Communications Server is designed to handle core PBX functions, but is used more to add value to Office desktops, offering PC-to-PC voice, presence and conferencing. The upcoming release makes mobile devices part of the Lync family, so one can be tracked by bosses and forced to join conferences even when ducking work.

Do you want total connectivity and communication, no matter where you are, or do you need a little downtime, like when you are coaching your kid's hockey team? Spill your guts at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/15/2010 at 1:18 PM


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