Lync for Windows Phone 7.x and new Mango Outlook Mobile features

Updated 5-24-11 with new Mango information   At TechEd 2011 this week, we demoed the beta of Lync Mobile for Windows Phone 7.x and Outlook Mobile in the upcoming Windows Phone “Mango” release.  The Microsoft TechEd presenter commented Lync Mobile was slated for the 2nd half of 2011 and looks like it will be a…

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Where is the Lync end user training material?

I get asked this question from several of my education customers who are in the process of deploying Lync or are piloting Lync.  I found some nice resources to help here:   Lync 2010 Quick Start Guides The Lync quick start guides has eight different quick start end user training topics and can be put…

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IM an Expert Lync bot available for download and other Lync customization examples

What is a Lync query response bot? A Lync query response bot is custom developed automation component accessible via IM where end users can query via IM for information against various databases, Internet like Bing, or even connect you with other live experts. I put in a few Lync bots and other Lync customizations below…

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Lync Server Standard CAL is being added to Core CAL suite

This is good news that you can be licensed for Lync IM and Presence via new Core CAL suite coming August 2011.  See the upcoming CORE CAL here: *Suite components currently planned for August 2011, and would be available with active Software Assurance coverage on or after the products become available for purchase in Volume…

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Want to get some training on Lync? Have I got a deal for you…

There are some FREE Lync instructor led training courses that have become available to learn Lync. Sign up for these courses below: Introducing Microsoft Lync Microsoft Lync empowers users to communicate and collaborate easily using a range of tools accessible from a single application, including instant messaging (IM), voice, video, and desktop sharing. Best Practices…

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But does Lync Server 2010 really have PBX voice reliability or call scalability?

A question often asked by my education customers. Recently, a well respected and unbiased 3rd party network consultancy company called Miercom conducted a series of tests to validate if Lync Server 2010 could sustain 3 days of a million calls without incident to see if it were on par with other enterprise IP PBX systems. …

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What is your video conferencing interoperability with Lync Server 2010?

Updated 3-15-2011 with new RMX screenshots Updated 2-18-2011 with new interop information I was asked by a university in Oregon if we work with existing video conferencing solutions such as TANDBERG (now Cisco) and Polycom. The answer is we can coexist with Polycom video conference systems directly and Cisco TANDBERG or Cisco Telepresence indirectly via…

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Lync DNS Load Balancing and Server Draining

Updated info for this post can now be found in teched. Please disregard this blog entry. Please refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398833.aspx   ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–   Recently I was onsite with a customer and was asked about DNS Load Balancing. How does it work? Why the change from OCS 2007 R2? DNS Load Balancing Microsoft Office Communications Server…

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I recorded a session in Lync….

  I was presenting to a customer the other day and the question came up as to where the content is stored and if I have access to the attachment when recording. When you record using Lync all information is available – audio, participant video, panorama video, IM, and shared content. The recorded content is…

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What are the top Lync Server 2010 features I need to know about?

  This release of Lync is not just a minor upgrade from OCS 2007 R2. It has some awesome new features and functionality coming.  I figured I should try and provide a bulleted list of the top features you need to be aware of. (screenshots are courtesy of Lync product team and some of my…

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