Conferencing capabilities are historically evaluated and acquired by workload—voice, application sharing, Web conferencing, and video conferencing—and limited to users within a department or division within the enterprise. Lync Server 2010 aspires to remove those boundaries, delivering efficiency and cost savings by delivering a unified solution with feature parity to multiple single-workload solutions. New features, a unified client, and simplified operation drive adoption to help users improve productivity without extensive training.
Lync 2010 is the only client needed for all types of meetings, both scheduled and spontaneous. A simple “water-cooler” IM conversation between peers can be escalated to an audio conference with desktop sharing among multiple team members instantly, easily, and without interrupting the conversation flow. The familiar client experience is coupled with deeper integration with Outlook 2010 to make scheduling, joining, and facilitating meetings easier.
With Lync Server 2010, all information workers can use the full breadth of ad hoc collaboration and online meeting tools. Those tools do not have to be reserved for special events or limited to specific physical spaces. The voice and video capabilities of Lync Server 2010 can work reliably and from any location with an Internet connection. And, by reducing travel expenses as well as reliance on third-party conferencing solutions, Unified Conferencing can help businesses achieve substantial cost savings.
With Unified Conferencing in Lync Server 2010, users can collaborate, share information, and coordinate their efforts in real time. Audio, video, and sharing of documents, desktops, and applications are incorporated into the easy-to-use Lync 2010 client, accessible on demand and in the context of a typical workflow. For example, without switching applications, users can escalate a simple IM discussion to a multi-party application sharing session with voice and even video. All parties can see and edit presentations, documents, and other content without a single e-mail exchange.
Unified Conferencing with Lync has not been reviewed by any customers.
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