Lync Awareness and End-User Education Materials

We’ve recently announced the availability of brand new Lync awareness and end-user education materials, including posters, table tents, stickers, and multiple quick reference cards. These kinds of materials are typically leveraged in readiness & adoption engagements at customers to assist with the adoption of the technology deployment.

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Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365 - Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

Microsoft Press announced that they are offering Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook. You can read the full announcement at the Microsoft Press blog. Table of contents Part I Finding Your Place in the Cloud Chapter 1 What’s Happening with the World of Work? Chapter…

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Office 365 @ TechEd 2011 Greatest Hits

Some great sessions on Office 365 from TechEd 2011 North America: Overview Microsoft Office 365: The Future of Productivity, Eron Kelly Microsoft SharePoint Online Overview, Mark Kashman Microsoft Lync 2010: In the Cloud, Ziv Fass Developer Collaboration in the Cloud with SharePoint: A New World of Productivity, Eron Kelly Developing Collaboration Solutions in the Cloud…

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Lync Server 2010 VHD available for download

The “VHD Test Drive – Lync Server 2010” download comes as a pre-configured set of VHD’s and enables you to fully evaluate Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 combined with Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 delivers a fresh, intuitive user experience that brings together the different ways…

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Evolution of the Unified Communications Competency

A few weeks ago, Ian Hameroff announced on his Exchange Partner Marketing blog that the Unified Communication competency in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) will split to become the Messaging competency and the Communications competency in October 2011. The Messaging competency is for solutions partners who want to broaden their business portfolios to sell, deploy,…

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Microsoft Lync 2010 Training available for download

The Lync Training Download Package contains all of the available training and user education resources for Lync. The training strategy and resources that offer the best return on investment vary depending on the user profile and the product features deployed in your organization. The Lync Training Plans workbook included with this download package helps you…

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Unified Communications case study from Microsoft IT

Microsoft IT used a business value framework developed by Forrester Research to more precisely measure the overall business impact and the return on investment of unified communications at Microsoft. The analysis showed that the UC solution was generating an ROI of 250 percent by enabling employees to save more than $218 million annually.  Based on…

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Appear Offline in Lync and other Customizations

Ilse Van Criekinge,  technology advisor on Microsoft Unified Communications, explains several customizations in Lync that can be applied via Lync Client Policies, including: appearing offline while signed in, custom presence states, warnings when starting an IM session, and many more.

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UC Business Value Tool v5 Now Available For Microsoft Partners

The Microsoft Unified Communications Business Value Tool helps partners explore and accelerate opportunities within customer organizations. Partners canto use it to identify business objectives, demonstrate how unified communications solutions can help meet their customer’s objectives, and assess the financial impact of deploying unified communications solutions. Version 5 of the tool includes updated information around Microsoft…

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