The Microsoft Lync Blog

The Official Microsoft Lync Blog covering Microsoft UC strategy, offerings and market commentary.

The Microsoft Lync Blog

  • Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing

    When we first announced Lync Server 2010 last November, we talked about our commitment to supporting multiple platforms and how over the course of 2011 you would see Lync become available for other platforms. Today, I’m excited to share with you...
  • Happy 1st Birthday Lync…

    A year ago today, December 1 st to be exact, Lync 2010 was first made available to customers. To celebrate this milestone, I thought I’d share some updates about Lync’s first year in market. I just came back from several weeks on the road...
  • Introducing Microsoft Lync, the next OCS!

    It’s a pretty big day for the Office Communications team here at Microsoft. I’m excited to share that we’ve met a major milestone and are making the release candidate of our ‘wave 14’ communications products available for...
  • Lync gets people talking

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since the launch of Lync Server 2010 in New York. I was back in New York (and Boston) this week visiting with customers, press and analysts, sharing updates and touching base on progress since...
  • What devices have been certified for Mac?

    My role on the Lync team focuses on “gadgets for Lync”, I manage the relationship with our audio and video device partners, and one of the things I like about working on this team is our focus on improving the customer experience. One question...
  • Enriching the Lync video conferencing experience

    Hello from the world of Lync gadgets! Lync’s one-year anniversary is less than a month away and we’re starting year two with a wave of new solutions being brought to market by our audio and video partners. Today, I want to talk about video...
  • Multiple Points of Presence (MPOP)

    For my first blog – I decided to write about Multiple Points of Presence ( MPOP ) and the underlying technology that supports it. Lets examine some terminology that will be useful to us to understand MPOP. The user that publishes presence information...
  • Don’t Be the Last Company on Notes

    The new year is starting off with a bang – a great new set of Notes customers decided to Exchange and SharePoint. At this rate, 2011 could be one of our biggest Notes “switcher” years, yet. With IBM’s annual Lotusphere conference...
  • RTC Client API's and Windows Vista

    We are getting questions from developers about the RTC Client APIs ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms775893.aspx ) and Windows Vista. Developers can use the RTC APIs to create messaging clients or utilities that work with Live Communications...
  • Microsoft Lync Released to Manufacturing

    Today I have the pleasure of blogging about the final engineering milestone for Microsoft Lync 2010 - the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator - also known as Release to Manufacturing, or RTM. We're incredibly excited about this...
  • Introducing Lync mobile clients…

    We first showed an early beta of our Lync 2010 mobile clients at Enterprise Connect earlier this year, sharing our vision for how these clients would extend the capabilities of Lync beyond the desktop. I’m thrilled to announce that Lync 2010 for...
  • Get Face To Face With Lync

    This blog is post #7 in the Ten Days of Office series to celebrate the one-year anniversary since the release of Office 2010 and provide you with tips and tricks to get the most from your Office experience. Tune in each week day for new tips and tricks...
  • US Army Can Keep Soldiers on Front Lines Connected with Lync

    Today I wanted to bring your attention to an article the U.S. Army wrote about its Lync pilot. I was excited to learn how the Army believes Lync can benefit its personnel, and I think you’ll find it interesting as well. At the Command and Control...
  • Mobile Device Management Just Got Easier -- Announcing the Exchange ActiveSync Logo Program

    I am thrilled to announce the Exchange ActiveSync Logo Program that helps IT Professionals manage mobile devices more effectively. Many of you rely on Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) to provide security and policy control to smartphones and slates that access...
  • Lync Earns Recognition

    Analysts play a key role in the tech industry. They look at how products are actually being used in the real world and advise their IT clients. Perhaps one of the most respected firms in the enterprise IT market is Gartner, with a dedicated team of analysts...
  • Why Does Lync Beat the Competition?

    We have won a lot of projects with customers who were considering some of our competitors’ products. I took a closer look at what makes Lync a better solution for these customers, and what I found was that customers believe Lync stands above its...
  • OCS 2007 - Additional Federation Security Features

    In LCS2005 SP1, two new federation models were introduced; the ability to federate with the three big public IM providers AOL, MSN & Yahoo! and Enhanced federation by which peer enterprises are discovered via DNS SRV. Further, enhanced federation...
  • Questions about enterprise mobility? Time to brush up on Lync mobile clients

    Enterprise mobility is top of mind for a lot of IT leaders at companies everywhere. Considering the trend, it’s no surprise that the Lync team continued to receive feedback on a great webcast covering Lync for mobile . In response to questions across...
  • Exchange 2010 – Revving the Engines for Launch

    Two weeks ago we announced that Exchange 2010 was code complete and, as we get ready for launch, we’re seeing some amazing results from our early adopter customers. They are so good, that I can’t help sharing some of these early highlights – just a sneak...
  • High Availability and Client Retry

    There hasn't been much discussion about high availability of the server and failover capabilities of the client, but it’s something that I think is pretty cool, and JUST WORKS. And since I tested it, I think it works pretty well and deserves a kudo to...
  • Choice, innovation, and quality of experience from Lync audio and video device partners

    At the Microsoft Lync launch in November, we introduced more than 70 new devices including IP phones and USB peripherals to the market. We previewed new video end points and announced interoperability with several industry standard telepresence systems...
  • Partners announce solutions to complement Microsoft Communications Server “14”

    Many of our partners announced new solutions for Microsoft Communications Server “14” at VoiceCon Orlando this week, demonstrating both the maturity of our partner ecosystem and industry support for our Unified Communications vision. Customers benefit...
  • Microsoft Lync: Meeting Unique Deployment Requirements

    One of the advantages Lync provides our partners is the ability to choose the deployment strategy that makes the most sense for their customer. For example, as you may have seen, BT recently announced their hosted platform for Microsoft Lync voice...
  • The Lync Partner Ecosystem is Ready

    The Release Candidate for Microsoft Lync became available yesterday for customers and partners to download and try. This is a significant milestone along with the unveiling of the new nam e, and we are very pleased with the customer, partner, press and...
  • Forefront Protection Server Management Console is now Available!

    Ensuring and managing Exchange security is always top of mind for customers. Toward this end, I’m excited about the recent announcement of Forefront Protection Server Management Console 2010 (FPSMC 2010) which helps improve security management and...