Microsoft Lync on December 1st, celebrates its first birthday! A year ago today, December 1st to be exact, Lync 2010 was first made available to customers.
In the last year, about 3 million enterprise users have relied on Lync 2010 for their telephony needs instead of a traditional PBX.
“We see customers cash in on their success with the product. For example, Swisscom reports saving $17 million and LA Fitness rings in their savings at $650,000 per year. Partners have worked hard over the last year to deliver deployment and devices. The Lync partner ecosystem continues to grow as more than 1,100 Unified Communications applications have been submitted by more than 1,000 partners to the Microsoft Platform Ready Program!,” writes Kirk Gregersen, in a UC team blog post highlighting Lync’s key milestones.
“Beyond individual customers, the aggregate numbers also speak to Lync’s rapid adoption. Microsoft had long been considered a leader in IM and presence with Office Communicator and Communications Server 2007.”
“With the R2 release, the product took things to the next level with audio, video, and web conferencing, enabling customers like Intel and Credit Agricole to dramatically reduce both audio conferencing and travel expenses. Lync 2010 went further, with full PBX-replace level unified communications, much to the excitement of customers who had been waiting to deliver a seamless experience to their users. The resulting adoption has been rapid, with nearly 3 million enterprise users relying on Lync for telephony instead of a traditional PBX. In the last fiscal year alone, our enterprise voice deployments grew 250% – and these are just the ones we validate directly with customers,” notes Gregersen.