Microsoft Lync Server

Workplaces are changing. Teams are more distributed. People need productivity tools that enable them to work from virtually anywhere. Yet, despite organizations’ technology investments, users struggle to stay connected with colleagues and the business. Slow innovation in traditional technologies such as telephony forces users to choose other modes for collaboration and communication. This makes it more challenging for IT professionals to deliver new capabilities in an integrated, cost-effective, and secure manner.

Microsoft® Lync™ connects users in new ways, regardless of their physical location. The latest release of the Unified Communications platform delivers a fresh, intuitive user experience that is directly accessible from Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Outlook®, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SharePoint®. Lync brings together the different ways people communicate in a single interface, is deployed as a unified platform, and is administered through a single management infrastructure. The unified nature of the system helps reduce costs and facilitates rapid user adoption. And, because Lync is broadly interoperable, it fits into existing

IT infrastructure for easier deployment and migration.

Connected End User Experience
Microsoft Lync Server users in a new connected user experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere. Users seek communications tools that make their work easier and are available anywhere, anytime—including within the context of other applications. Microsoft Lync is the rich client application that provides presence, IM, voice, and ad hoc collaboration and online meeting capabilities through a single interface. Lync is easy to use, works closely with familiar tools such as SharePoint and Office applications, and drives user adoption with powerful features and a streamlined communications experience. The client dashboard surfaces common functions such as dial pad, visual voicemail, contact list, and active conversations. Users get an experience that is consistent and familiar across PC, phone, and browser.

Single, Unified Platform
For IT, the benefits are equally powerful, with a highly secure and reliable system that works with existing tools and systems for easier management, lower cost of ownership, smoother deployment and migration, and greater choice and flexibility. Lync Server is built from the ground up to be a single platform that works with, and can even replace traditional and IP PBX systems, third-party voicemail systems, and legacy audio, video and Web conferencing solutions.