Microsoft with customers and partners in New York City, celebrating the launch of Microsoft Lync -- the next gen of Office Communications Server. Lync 2010 now delivers on our vision to transform communications by connecting people in new ways. Lync integrates enterprise voice, instant messaging and web, audio and video conferencing into a connected single communications experience.
Lync also delivers amazing ROI and productivity gains. Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact report that found on a composite organization Lync 2010 offers a 337% three year-risk-adjusted ROI, with a payback period of 12 months.
"Today our partner network, which includes companies like Polycom, HP and Logitech, is announcing 70 new devices optimized for Lync. And with Lync's commitment to open standards and extensive interoperability across a wide variety of platforms we expect Lync-based solutions will be developed across a wide spectrum of PCs, browsers and mobile devices in 2011 and beyond," said Kirk Koenigsbauer.
Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 will be available for businesses of all sizes to purchase on Dec. 1, 2010. Microsoft Lync Online will be available as part of Office 365, with voice capabilities available in 2011. Lync Online will include instant messaging, presence, audio and video conferencing, and PC-to-PC voice calls.
Reference: Press Release