We finally announced the name for our next generation of Office Communications Server today! It is Microsoft Lync Server 2010. There are all sorts of reasons to rename it but mostly was due to the fact that Lync defines how the product connects/links you with people internally/externally from anywhere or at anytime. Visit here for more information.
The new logo is:
and Office Communicator will be renamed to:
I have been on the Lync release candidate for a bit now, with 20,000 of my peers, and it has been incredibly stable. The voice quality and end user usability have been outstanding. My education customers who have deployed RC into production have been extremely pleased with the overall quality and stability as well as the ease of deployment. One of my customers told me he so pleased with Lync Server that he is going to deploy RC for his entire campus (voice, IM and conferencing) and not wait for the RTM build.
Here are some shots:
I love the new photo feature where Lync client can pull the photo from Active Directory or SharePoint 2010. Puts a name with face.
I really like the visual voice mail so you can listen to your VMs right in the Lync client
You can also do test calls to check the quality of the network you are on (e.g. mobile wifi, etc).
Location awareness can be automatic based on subnet, network port or switch, WAP, etc.:
Lync enables some very nice click to call capabilities with browsers so you can call with any number on a web page:
We will be posting many new Lync Server posts in the coming weeks.
Be sure to grab the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 release candidate bits here. This is for non-production use.
We also posted our new planning tool for Lync Server 2010. This tool provides you a detailed wizard for how you are going to use Lync Server and then it provides a detailed architecture diagram for your environment:
sample architecture for 3,000 voice enabled users:
Provides a very useful Network layout:
Edge planning tool is now combined into the tool as well:
Grab the Lync Server 2010 planning tool here.