Microsoft today launched Lync 2010
, the next generation of Office Communications Server (OCS). Unlike OCS, Lync manages various forms of communication from one UI: instant messages, voice calls, video calls, meetings, and shared whiteboard sessions. Lync also includes enterprise voice capabilities to reduce legacy infrastructure costs.
Microsoft Lync works with applications in three other Microsoft families: Office, SharePoint, and Exchange. Lync succeeds both OCS 2007, released in November 2007, and OCS 2007 R2, released in February 2009.
Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 will be available for purchase on December 1, 2010. 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 also connect with Windows Live Messenger for voice and video conversations....