Stop the Presses...Microsoft Lync Server 2010 has RTM'd!
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 was released to manufacturing last night allowing all of us who have been using/working with the product to move forward with our lives...finally! :) The official announcement can be found here. Please join me in congratulating the MS UC team on meeting their release goals and starting the conversation for wave 15.
Microsoft has done it again - set the bar for voice technology!
Today, Monday September 13, 2010, Microsoft announced the Public Beta/Release Candidate for its upgrade to Communications Server 2007 R2 to the new product name Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (previously called Communications Server "14". There has been a lot of waiting, speculation, and gossip regarding the next version of Microsoft's real-time communications product from name to functionality and have delivered an interesting milestone of a public beta (something that the team has not done since OCS 2007 RTM a.k.a wave 12).
Having used the product for some time now I am happy to finally be able to openly blog/speak about it as I am sure many others are as well. The product is nothing short of amazing from improvements to mobility, voice quality, and overall functionality. Currently I am working on a few OCS/LS engagements so my time this morning is limited but I plan to share some how-to's regarding the product in the next few days. The setup routines are different, the flexibility is greater, the high-availability of voice is what we have been waiting for and yes - it is a PBX replacement now.
Join me in congratulating the Microsoft team in a job well done with expectations of RTM this year, it is an amazing milestone. A link to the product downloads and Microsoft blogs/articles may be found below.
Microsoft Link Server 2010 (RC)