Lync is finding its voice in the UC space

Toyota recently announced plans to deploy a cutting-edge, unified Microsoft communications and collaboration solution – one that includes voice, IM, video and productivity – to nearly a quarter million of its employees.

The Japan-based automaker, which holds offices worldwide, unveiled its plans to deploy the full Microsoft collaboration suite to 200,000 global employees on October 1st, 2012. While this may be big news for Toyota, the move further illustrates the “enterprise-class quality and scalability” of the platform, said Microsoft’s chief operating officer Kevin Turner in a press release.

This major announcement is a signal to IT leadership that it’s time to take a closer look at Microsoft’s full unified collaboration and communications offering. [Read more…]

Microsoft Lync: More than just an instant messenger

A comment I hear all too often about this technology really doesn’t do it justice. Office Communications Server is not just Microsoft’s “Instant Messenger on steroids”. Have you thought about replacing your PBX with an IP-based solution that would drastically reduce telephony costs? What about all the money your organization would save by using Microsoft’s solution for conferencing and communicating between multiple global locations?

Next generation telephony” is just one of the ways that Microsoft describes the soon to be released, newly-chrsitened version of OCS (2010, unofficially). Here is a technology that provides a single, comprehensive unified communications solution that includes voice, instant messaging, presence, and audio, video, and web conferencing, all integrated with commonly used applications such as Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and infrastructure elements such as Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange and System Center Operations Manager. [Read more…]