We had a wonderful IAMCP India West Meeting on 16th September 2011 . The Keynote was Understanding Microsoft Lync . The speaker was Mr. Nilesh Marathe, a Partner Technology Specialist .
The key learnings were:
Lync covers 3 areas:
1) Instant Messaging & presence
2) Audio, Video, Web Conferencing
3) Voice & Telephony
The IM & presence is dynamic. If a person is scheduled for meeting, it shows that person is in a meeting automatically . So it is contextual.
For Audio & Video Conferencing, the setup is very easy.
The Strength of Microsoft Lync is Desktop based Video Conference.
The Office365 Plan E4 can be deployed with On Premise Lync Server .
In Office365 Plan E1, what is given is Lync Plan P2.
You can even share and work together on an Excel sheet using Lync.
Starting a Conference Call is very simple. Just drag and drop a contact . Lync checks who is speaking and only shows that person . So there is huge saving on bandwidth.
All in all, Lync promises to be a great Solution for Unified Communication. And with Office365 branded Cloud Service , Microsoft has delivered a very cost effective way in which this Solution can be deployed by almost anyone.
with warm regards
Microsoft MVP 2009
Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year 2011 & 2007