Microsoft Lync Celebrates first anniversary, telecom providers embrace Unified Communications. "In the video below, Sprint shows how it is replacing its old phone system with Microsoft Lync and saving US$44 million annually," blogged Microsoft.
Microsoft Lync is making these kinds of communications the norm. Lync integrates IM, presence, audioconferencing, videoconferencing, webconferencing and voice on a single platform to bring people together with one interface that works with the applications people know and use today, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.
Microsoft says "Since its launch in December 2010, Lync adoption has been rapid, driving a 250 percent increase in voice deployments compared with the previous year. As Microsoft Lync celebrates its first anniversary, the company recently announced two new customer wins: Sprint Nextel and Swisscom. For these industry-leading telecom companies, Lync offers a viable replacement to the private branch exchange (PBX), or typical desktop, phone system. It is an enterprise-ready communications solution that offers flexibility, mobility, improved productivity, increased ROI and, in some cases, new business opportunities."
In other Lync news, before installing Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Autodiscover Service, you must firt install this update.
"When you deploy the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service, users can use supported iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, or Nokia mobile devices to perform such activities as sending and receiving instant messages, viewing contacts, and viewing presence. In addition, mobile devices support some Enterprise Voice features, such as click to join a conference, Call via Work, single number reach, voice mail, and missed calls. By using Call via Work, users can maintain their work identity during a call, which means that the call recipient does not see the caller's mobile number, and the caller avoids incurring outbound calling charges. With single number reach, a user receives calls on a mobile phone that were dialed to their work number," infomrs Microsoft UC blog.
Adding "When you use the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Autodiscover Service along with the Mobility Service, mobile devices can automatically locate the URLs for Lync Server Web Services and the new Mobility Service regardless of network location. It supports client connections using either HTTP or HTTPS," the Microsoft UC said.
You can download Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Autodiscover Service here, and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Mobility Guide here. And, to download, Windows phone 7 client, go here.