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Microsoft Skype/Lync Federation change for new IP address October 2 2015
While most customers and partners will receive this information via their account teams, I am sharing for broader reach. We are updating the way our customers/partners federate with Microsoft. Prior to the change on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM PDT, customers need to update their federation...
22 Sep 2015
Some of the change work with Lync Dedicated Voice
I joined the Lync Dedicated team in Office 365 4 years ago to help launch our voice offering in the cloud. The offering allows for PSTN connectivity using Sip Trunks from qualified UCOIP vendors who connect to our approved Edge Sites or the customer can deploy their own SBC, also from the UCOIP qualified...
29 Apr 2015
OT: Managing Lync Projects with Project, SharePoint and VSTF
Having started with Live Communications Server 2003, I have seen every release we have including a move 2 years ago to Office 365 working on Lync Dedicated and the PSTN Voice service offering. My role today leverages much of my technical skills but as the Program Manager my value to the team is ensuring...
16 Jul 2014
Summary of Lync Voice with Jabra device portfolio
Our team was put in contact with Jabra and offered an opportunity to test the form factors they provide customers for proof of concepts when deploying Lync. http://www.jabra.com/business-solutions/for-your-platform/microsoft?ref=mega High level findings Monoaural devices - I prefer for when I want...
8 Jul 2014
Keep that AOL PIC communication channel: How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM
AOL and Yahoo had each reached an end of life statement with PIC, however AOL lives on with a direct federation option! https://aimenterprise.aol.com/microsoft/ Excerpt from page: Microsoft Lync Customers: How to Establish Direct Federation with AIM AOL is pleased to offer Microsoft Lync...
16 Jun 2014
Lync team blog and NextHop blog have moved
Update May 20 John Weber to the rescue - Next Hop in a box http://tsoorad.blogspot.com/2014/05/nexthop-archive.html Original Post As part of an overall Office initiative, the Lync Team Blog and the NextHop Blog have been consolidated into the new Office blogs. The move was made in response...
15 May 2014
Missed Lync Conference 2014 this past February in Las Vegas?
Couldn't make the Lync Conference 2014 event and want to see all the great presentations? The content is now publicly posted http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Lync-Conference/Lync-Conference-2014 Enjoy TomL LCSKid
8 May 2014
Trend - converting IM to audio
It just dawned on me today that I've noticed a recent trend with Lync. While I start conversations with IM, they almost immediately become an audio call. There are a few folks that simply do not like typing which makes sense but ultimately the result is far better as you get more of the persons...
5 May 2014
May 9 8pm SIPFED IP Address change
Update April 28 Here is the email sent internally to those of us registered as the Microsoft contact for a customer federation. CUTOVER Lync Federation changes will take effect on Saturday May 9 th and the new IP’s and ports will need to be implemented by your customers and partners on...
18 Apr 2014
Lync for Mac client version info for those preparing for Lync Server 2013 upgrades
We have just started the effort to upgrade our Lync Online Dedicated customer deployments to Lync Server 2013. As we prepare the customers for this task, the minimum client versions have to be communicated and there is an interesting discrepancy between the version displayed in the Lync for Mac user...
10 Jul 2013
LUMT - Lync User Management Tool from Stefan Plizga
Are you an IT manager or a partner working with a company needing additional flexibility around user management with Lync? Stefan Plizga has a tool http://lumt.codeplex.com/ described as: Lync User Management Tool (LUMT) enables administrators to manage contacts, ACEs and Privacy settings on behalf...
12 Feb 2013
Lync 2013 Persistent Chat - Group Chat done right
I have worked with Group Chat for some time and it was always a love/hate affair. What the product offered was well understood and when used right helped reduce the need for email. The downside was the solution was difficult to install and manage (this is being polite <grin>). The release of Lync...
28 Aug 2012
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