Today, Microsoft officially launches Microsoft Lync, the next generation of communications! You can view a live stream of the NYC event at 8:00 a.m. PST to 9:15 a.m. PST.
Lync brings instant messaging, presence, video and voice capabilities together, making it easier to communicate virtually face-to-face despite location. Any conversation can include video, application and desktop-sharing, and enable people to participate in meetings without being physically present in the room. Lync capabilities will also be available in Office 365, announced earlier this month, allowing companies to use Lync on premises, in the cloud, or as a combination of the two.
Several customers and partners are already on board with Lync. Customers including: The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Nikon, Marquette University, France Telecom, and Herrenknecht AG embracing Lync and seeing a new level of efficiency, productivity and return on their IT investment. In fact, Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact report that found that based on a composite organization, Lync 2010 offers a 337 percent three year-risk-adjusted ROI, with a payback period of 12 months.
Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 will be available for businesses of all sizes to purchase on December 1, 2010, in more than 150 countries and 38 languages. For a free trial, go to Lync.com.