Still using Microsoft Office Communicator? Let me tell you in about Microsoft Lync.

Unless you have been living in a cave on a desert island you’ve probably noticed that Microsoft has been a great innovator in the IT field for more than 2 decades now. It is known for technology that has influenced all our lives. I think it is fair to say that today’s  world has been completely changed by the Windows operating system and other Microsoft innovations. The company is not stopping there though, they are now revolutionizing the world of mobile communication, the world is growing smaller each day with new technologies and advances in unified communications.

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What Is Microsoft Lync?

Microsoft Lync is one the latest innovations in the field of Instant Messaging / Presence and was introduced to the market on January 25, 2011. It facilitates a better, secure and faster way of communication. It has made remote conferencing a lot easier and cheaper.

They have created interface which makes these communications more realistic than ever before. There is a great demand for multi-mode communication simultaneously such as Video Conferencing, VoIP, Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing. Microsoft Lync is one of the prime platforms for this task.

Features of Microsoft Lync

  • It is the upgrade of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2, released two years earlier
  • It can share contacts from Microsoft Outlook when stored in server – contacts can be also retrieved from a remote server with appropriate authentication
  • Users can see the documents on which other people are working on when they are all connected to the same server – it also facilitates a number of people working on same document simultaneously and sharing its content
  • It works on a number of platforms like mobile, computers and tablets making it more portable
  • It uses SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) during communication which helps in managing the client’s video and audio calls – users have the capabilities to schedule, control and create these calls
  • It provides secure communication using TLS and SRTP encryption
  • No VPN connection is required
  • It can be a platform for polling during board meetings or polling entire firms
  • Desktop Sharing makes it possible to unit all the systems connected to the Lync Server

Limitations

  • Lync does not have the facility to store history and if the history is required a secondary client has to be used (e.g. Microsoft Outlook)
  • Also a big limitation is that only 800 characters can be used in an initial session and 8000 additional characters in the same session
  • No spell check feature
  • No voice and video calls on smartphone and web-based client

Look forward to our review of Microsoft Lync 2013! And meanwhile, why don’t you drop us a comment with your experiences on either Microsoft Lync or your weapon of choice?

 

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Mark Stubbles

Freelance Blogger at Interact Technology
This guest post was supplied by Interact, Interact are London based Voice, Data and Video Specialists. The company has helped many of their clients integrate and benefit from Microsoft Lync technology.

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