The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate (formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server) is newly available on TechNet for you to download. Here’s the lowdown, along with some guidance around the name change.

Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new connected experience transforming communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from any location with internet connectivity. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them.  Lync Server 2010 works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.

Visit the Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate Evaluation Resources page for a great overview and a summary of what’s new

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go straight to the download

With the release of the Microsoft Lync and the change in name, here's how the new naming convention compares with the existing product names:

Product

New Name

Old Name

Family

Microsoft Lync

Microsoft Office Communications

Server

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Client

Microsoft Lync 2010

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2

MS Online Service

Microsoft Lync Online

Microsoft Office Communications Online

Web Client

Microsoft Lync Web App

Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access

 

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