Microsoft Lync is the new OCS

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 09:53

Microsoft Lync  is the new branding for the latest version of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), scheduled for release pretty soon.

Some of the new features in Lync:

  • Unified Experience
    • One set of contacts between Lync and Office apps
    • Communicate with context both from SharePoint and Outlook
    • PCs, browser and mobile device support
    • IM, voice, video, web conferencing all in one client
  • Connect & Collaborate
    • Find & connect with the right people in the organization using new rich presence, that includes pictures & current location
    • SharePoint based Skill Search
  • Enterprise Voice features
    • QoS enhancements with Call Admission Control
    • Datacenter resiliency and survivable branch appliances
    • Wide range of IP and USB device support
  • Conferencing
    • Rich whiteboarding including copy-paste, powerpoint upload, desktop & app sharing all built into Lync client
    • Easily schedule meetings
    • Virtual lobby to place attendees and ensure security over who can attend
  • Powerful deployment & management
    • VIRTUALIZATION supported on most of the Lync Server roles!
    • Role based access control
    • PowerShell based foundation for administration
    • Improved navigation thru silverlight based scenario-driven graphical management tool
  • Extensibility

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