Over the next several weeks, members of the Lync Server documentation team will lead you through the new content, features, and functionality available in Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview. After all, who knows the content better than the people who wrote it?

Author: Chloe Brussard

Publication date: August 27, 2012

Product version: Lync Server 2013 Preview

Hi! I'm Chloe Brussard, and I manage the Lync Server Documentation Team. I took on this role earlier in this product development cycle, and since then, I’ve been compiling a long list of things we can do to better serve you, our customers.

We’ll start by addressing what seems to be the most common, overarching feedback we receive. What everyone, including the documentation team, agrees on is that there is an overwhelming amount of documentation. The sheer volume of content that's available, especially in the Microsoft TechNet Library, makes it hard to find the specific information you need or even determine what you should read.

So, here it is, one simple idea that we’re hoping will help: Let members of the Lync Server documentation team introduce you to Lync Server 2013 Preview. You’ll have the people who actually wrote the content serve as your intrepid guides through the jungle of new content, features, and functionality. Who better than the people who know the content best to light the way as you mine it for valuable gems?

Using NextHop as our starting point, the documentation team will provide additional detail, alternate perspectives, or, in some cases, sample deployment scenarios to help you understand how the general information and principles presented in the TechNet Library can be applied. In short, we’d like to lead you to the content that we think will be most helpful or interesting at this junction in the Lync Server 2013 Preview release cycle.

And after you read that content, we want to hear from you. When you use the Comments section of each blog post, you have a direct line of communication with the author of the blog post. Any discussions you initiate will be available for others to participate in. If you don't find what you need on NextHop or in the TechNet Library, let us know. While we can’t address every documentation need, we do track issues and questions, and then add or update documentation for those that are most urgent or common. We’re looking forward to having conversations that help us to learn as much about you and your deployment scenarios as you learn from us!

We update the TechNet Library regularly as we learn about new issues that need documentation. You should always consider the TechNet Library the most up-to-date resource for core documentation for Lync Server. However, for your convenience, at final product release, we’ll also provide an offline, searchable CHM.

Starting now, you also have the option to create your own offline documentation by using a new feature from TechNet that’s currently in Beta testing. You can build a customized collection of up to 100 topics from the TechNet Library that you can read either online or offline. For instructions, see http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_resource_kit/archive/2011/07/29/build-your-own-book-of-technet-articles.aspx.

Summary

While the information we’re publishing about the upcoming release of Lync Server is subject to change, we hope this early look at the product helps you start thinking about your own deployment and how your organization can use Lync Server.

And while you explore what content is currently available, send us feedback if you can’t find what you need or encounter information that doesn't seem accurate or clear. Here are a few ways to get in touch with the Lync Server documentation team:

  • For NextHop articles: Add a comment at the end of an article to start a conversation.
  • For TechNet Library content: Use the embedded feedback tool (Did you find this helpful?) at the bottom of each page.
  • For TechNet Library content: Send feedback directly to the Lync Server documentation team at Lyncdoc2013@microsoft.com.

Additional Information

If you’re ready to dive into the TechNet Library—while blog articles from the documentation team roll out on NextHop—here’s a start:

Lync Server 2013 Preview Articles

Lync Server Resources

We Want to Hear from You

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