Today, Microsoft Lync celebrates its first birthday! In the last year, about 3 million enterprise users have relied on Lync 2010 for their telephony needs instead of a traditional PBX. As we look back on Lync’s key milestones, we note how Lync’s presence is making a difference in the enterprise community.

We see customers cash in on their success with the product. For example, Swisscom reports saving $17 million and LA Fitness rings in their savings at $650,000 per year. Partners have worked hard over the last year to deliver deployment and devices. The Lync partner ecosystem continues to grow as more than 1,100 Unified Communications applications have been submitted by more than 1,000 partners to the Microsoft Platform Ready Program!

To learn more, read Kirk Gregersen’s celebratory Lync birthday post on the UC blog.