Software Imperium Microsoft has just launched Lync 2010 which is the next generation of Office Communications Server (OCS).
Lync is a beefed up version of the OCS and allows different forms of communication from one UI. In other words instant messages, voice calls, video calls, meetings, and shared whiteboard sessions can all be lumped together. Lync also includes enterprise voice functions whould should help reduce the cost of telco infrastructure.
The software works with Office, SharePoint, and Exchange and replaces OCS 2007, released in November 2007, and OCS 2007 R2, released in February 2009. Microsoft tells us that it will be in the shops from December 1. There is also Lync Online, which includes instant messaging, presence, audio and video conferencing, and PC-to-PC voice calls, will come as part of Office 365, with voice capabilities slated to arrive in 2011.
Lync can work with Windows Live Messenger for voice and video conversations. One function which is amusing is that if you are conducting a conference call and one person has poor audio or is adding background noise, Lync will automatically identify which phone to mute. Device switching lets you swap between your headset and phone in the middle of a call, and you can also use your headset to make a phone call using WiFi.
There is no word on price yet.