Microsoft plays catch-up with Microsoft Lync Server

By • Dec 3rd, 2010 • Category: Blog

Microsoft has announced the new release of Microsoft Lync Server, the successor to Microsoft Office Communications Server. Microsoft Lync has introduced some key improvements like advanced telephony capability, making Lync Server a competitive VoIP solution. Microsoft Lync Server has also improved its quality of experience, addressing latency and call quality issues from Microsoft OCS 2007 R2. The new interface also aims to simplify the user experience by intuitively unifying IM, voice, video, and email into a single client with minimal bells and whistles.

This is a major step forward for Microsoft. One of the main drawbacks of Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 was its lack of advanced telephony features, which is addressed in Microsoft Lync Server with speech-to-text voicemails, advanced calling features, and more. Now, businesses can rely on Microsoft Lync Server to bring reliable voice capability as well as solid instant messaging and video capabilities. Another key strength of Microsoft Lync Server is its resiliency and quality of experience. Earlier complaints about call quality over impacted lines have been addressed, and users will be able to have clearer calls over Microsoft Lync Server than with its predecessors. As a Unified Communications solution, Microsoft Lync is a definite improvement over Microsoft OCS 2007 R2, and makes Microsoft a scary big player in the Unified Communications market. With the large success of Microsoft OCS’ Enterprise IM capability, Microsoft can also put “reliable voice provider” on its resume as a Unified Communications vendor.

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