17 Jan 2013

Lync Server 2013 comes to life

The release of Lync Server 2013 marks an important milestone in the evolution of the communications platform from Microsoft. After the initial release of the product as Live Communications Server 2003 it has been rebranded two times to its current name of Lync Server. One thing that has remained constant over the years has been the vision and purpose for the product. It is only now, after the advancements in the supporting infrastructure components, that the true purpose of the product comes to life. Lync Server 2013 consists of an all-encompassing communications solution where all of the integration components required in today’s heterogeneous environment is included out of the box. Some of which include:

Federation with Skype

The ability to extent the presence, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer voice capability of Lync with the hundreds of millions of Skype users everywhere.

XMPP integration

The ability to extent the presence and instant messaging capability of Lync with public IM providers that make use of the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, such as Google Talk.

Improved SIP Trunking

The ability to interconnect Lync with IP-PBX and PSTN networks have been refined to allow for more flexible integration possibilities.

HD Video and Multiparty Video

The ability for users to experience HD 1080P video resolution in two-party and multipart video calls. The H.264 video codec is now used which supports a greater range of resolutions and frame rates with improved video scalability to a wide variety of compatible endpoints.

Lync Mobility

The ability for users to have a Lync client available for most of the mobile computing platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile.

Lync Web App

The ability for both PC and Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from a web browser and still have the same multiparty HD video, VoIP, instant messaging, desktop and application sharing experience as with the full Lync client. It is evident that the way we meet and communicate is going to change, and with Lync Server 2013 this change is a reality as Volume licensing for Lync Server 2013 will be available from 1 December 2012.