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Download Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview

August 08, 2012 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server

Microsoft Lync 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Lync provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, HD video, and conferencing, and eliminates the need to use a VPN for encryption. Lync 2013 supports HD video conferencing and takes advantage of Windows 8 “touch first” capabilities to provide fast, natural, hands-on control of communications.

New features are :

Multiparty HD video and content sharing

Enable great meeting experiences and collaboration. Be there without going there.

Video gallery: The video gallery simultaneously displays up to five different participants’ videos, identifies the active speaker, and associates names with faces. HD photos represent all additional meeting participants.

H.264 SVC support: Lync uses open standards, including H.264 SVC, to enable HD video conferencing across a range of devices.

Presenter controls: Lead meetings professionally with presenter controls that are accessible but don’t distract, and that are designed to optimize for the type of meeting, audience size, and the content and/or video sources available to participants.

A modern communication experience accessible from almost any device

Keep everyone working together effectively, no matter where they are or what device they happen to be using. Lync delivers a familiar and engaging communications experience across a variety of devices and platforms.

Optimized for an immersive Windows 8 experience: Reimagined for Windows 8, Lync provides fast, natural, hands-on control of communications across the entire range of Windows 8 devices and architectures.

Lync Web App: Both PC and Mac users can now join a Lync Meeting from a browser and enjoy the rich Lync Meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP (VoIP), instant messaging, and desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.

Lync Mobile: Lync Mobile enables communication with anyone, no matter where you are. Send an IM, make a Lync call, or even join a Lync Meeting with just one touch—from a Windows Phone, or an iOS or Android device. Stay productive on the go with voice and video over IP, PowerPoint sharing, and more collaboration capabilities.

Integration across Office apps

Lync connects hundreds of millions of people, their communications, and the applications they use every day, helping them work better together and be more productive.

Communicate directly from within Office: Lync is integrated into Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, and other Microsoft Office applications, so users don’t have to leave the application they’re working in when they need to reach out to others.

Single identity: Lync highlights a user’s Active Directory identity, rather than a telephone number, during all real-time communications, providing all their contact information in one convenient spot.

OneNote Share: Save processing time for frequent meeting organizers and hosts. Lync automatically captures participant lists via OneNote. And meeting organizers and participants can share and co-edit meeting notes directly from Lync, so they don’t have to switch back and forth between applications.

Federation with Skype

Connect with anyone on Skype, which enables rich communications among hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Extension of Lync presence, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer voice capabilities to Skype users: Extend your reach by connecting Lync users with Skype users. Lync-to-Skype federation opens a new communications door for enterprises searching for inventive and differentiated opportunities for new customer acquisition, customer retention, and business-to-consumer communications.

Polycom® KIRK® permit tu use multi-cell DECT with Microsoft Lync

April 22, 2012 By: Yann Espanet Category: Hardware Device, Interoperability

Polycom® KIRK® offers the first-ever professional DECT multi-cell solution that directly interoperates with Microsoft® LyncTM Server 2010, which will simplify your administration and reduce costs.

With the KIRK Wireless Server 6000 solution and Microsoft Lync, Polycom offers the first-ever professional multi-cell DECT solution directly interoperating with Microsoft Lync Server 2010. By adding KIRK DECT to your UC solution, you will experience all the benefits from vertical mobility, central administration and a high return on investment.

Interoperability with Lync :

How to :
Using a Polycom® KIRK® Wireless Server 6000 Solution in a Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010 Setup

Microsoft Opens Office 365 Beta to All !

April 20, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync, Office Communication Server, SaaS

Users can test the public beta at, which covers 38 countries and regions in 17 languages, Microsoft said. Small businesses can also sign up; in a related contest, five small businesses can win Office 365, a $50,000 marketing package, and a day’s work from a Microsoft executive at the winner’s business or charity of choice.

Finally, Microsoft unveiled an app store as part of the Office 365 site, with 100 apps and 400 professional services available from the established community of more than 16,000 Microsoft cloud partners; new apps and services are scheduled to be added over time, Microsoft said.

Office 365 is a Microsoft solution that integrates Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always up-to-date cloud service. The service is targeted at the small and medium-business customer, one who doesn’t want to buy and support an on-premise server-based solution, and would instead prefer to let Microsoft handle it.

“We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division, in a statement. “More than 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses, so it clearly strikes a chord.”

Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions :

Join the beta :

Download Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate (RC)

September 15, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync, Office Communication Server

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software delivers streamlined communications including software-powered VoIP, presence, enterprise IM, web conferencing, and A/V conferencing. You can implement these capabilities alongside your existing telephony infrastructure, while retaining rich operational control.

Integrating and Extending the Microsoft Office Communicator Experience with Windows Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight

March 21, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, Training and certification

Get Microsoft Silverlight

Integrating Office Communicator capabilities into your apps
Making conversations contextual
Extending Office Communicator
The OC 14 Managed API

Hosted Unified Communications Virtual Experience : try OCS R2 with Exchange 2010 for 60 days !

February 18, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Office Communication Server, SaaS

With the Microsoft Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you can see first-hand how Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution can help you harness the power of software to streamline communications between people anytime, anywhere, free for 60-days.

NB : Use AALL in the company name if you want to test it with me !

See how it works

By registering for the Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you will discover how you can:

  • Gain the power to connect with the right person, right now from within familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office applications ”with one click”
  • Bring people together quickly and easily ”anytime, anywhere”
  • Break down communication silos ”whether people are down the hall, across continents, or constantly on the road”

Updated Unified Communications R2 Voice Specialization Exam 74-404 (will replace 74-924)

January 29, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, Training and certification

If you are currently certified on the UC Voice Specialization or plan to be, be aware that an updated version of the Voice Specialization Exam 74-924 will be available en of June this year.

This exam is designed to validate that candidates have the skills to design, deploy, and administer Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2 (R2). Candidates should have experience with interoperability between Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging, and Active Directory Domain Services. Candidates should also have experience with network infrastructure components that support the deployment and ongoing management of Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

You can have more details on the Microsoft official page concerning this test:

Exam 74-404: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 U.C. Voice Specialization

It’s highly recommended to attend the following three days Course 50232A: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Ignite !

Course 50232A: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Ignite

You can also use the Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 Training Portal to find some useful resources to prepare for this hard exam!

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Workload Architecture Poster

January 25, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server, Training and certification

You will have a global view of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 traffic flow between component like : IM and Presence, Conferencing, Application Sharing, and Enterprise Voice.
You can see the different server roles, the needs in term of server certificate, and also the firewall and DNS configuration requirements.


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