Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

Summary: Microsoft has made available a near-final Release Candidate (RC) version of its Office Communications Server (OCS) product, which is being renamed Lync Server.

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Microsoft has made available a near-final Release Candidate (RC) version of its Office Communications Server (OCS) product, which is being renamed Lync Server.

Microsoft posted the Lync Server 2010 RC bits for download on September 8 (but the link didn't show up in the Download Center until September 13).

According to the release notes, the Lync Server 2010 RC includes both the Enterprise and Standard editions of the server, plus the Lync 2010 client. I blogged last week about Microsoft using the Lync branding for its Communicator client, but company officials refused to discuss the new name.

Update: On September 13, Microsoft officially acknowledged the new Lync brand name.

Microsoft has been testing Lync software since earlier this year with selected testers. Company officials have said the on-premises software version will be released before the end of this year, but the related cloud service -- which I'd guess will be called Lync Online -- won't be available until 2011.

Lync Server 2010, like its OCS 2007 predecessor, is an all-in-one instant-messaging, conferencing and presence server. Microsoft is billing the 2010 release as the first that will provide enterprise-voice capabilities (even though at least one Microsoft partner I know already is offering hosted enterprise-voice capabilities based on the 2007 bits). Lync Server 2010 will be a 64-bit-only product, and will include a new PowerShell-based foundation that will enable consistent administration across Lync, Exchange, Active Directory and other Microsoft server products, officials have said.

Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • More Junk from MS that nobody needs or wants

    Why would we run a mission critical app like a PBX on Microsoft anything.

    Recipe for failure.
    itguy08
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

      @itguy08 - And why would we take advice from a very obvious elitist such as yourself to avoid something simply because it comes from Microsoft?

      Microsoft has done a lot of great work to make computing available to the masses and it's people like you, with the "anything but Microsoft" mentality, that makes the IT world look like it's full of elitist snobs who "know better than everyone else who should just shut up and do what I say".

      A REAL IT person would know that it's the right tool for the job, regardless of the source and put aside the animosity that you so obviously harbor.

      What, did Microsoft do to you? Put you out of a job by making computing so available that there are other IT folks who are more flexible? If so, then it's not Microsoft's fault, it's yours for being so close minded.
      PollyProteus
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

      @itguy08 There should be a Delete button for people like you.
      Mr. Dee
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

    We're starting to use Microsoft's OCS 2007. Seems like an excellent product.<br><br>Who makes the product? Other than being concerned that the vendor would still be around in a few years, I couldn't care less. I am assuming Microsoft will be around for a few years.
    Regulator1956
  • For god's sake, stop renaming your products...

    I hate how Microsoft constantly renames their products to try to trick us. All it does is cause confusion in the marketplace, makes IT's job more difficult, and hurts Microsoft's sales. MICROSOFT, STOP RENAMING YOUR PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES!
    JohnMorgan3
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

    I'm not sure how enterprise ready any voip product from m$ really is. When I dial 911 it HAS to work. Failure is not an option for voice products. If you have to reboot endless to apply patches and other "maintenance items" it is a failure. Voice over IP systems should run on OS's that can have updates applied with reboots. Voice systems must be reliable above all.
    dsieme01
  • How is this better than open source Asterisk PBX?

    One has to ask how this is better than the very capable open source Asterisk PBX (and all its various flavors). What kind of market does Microsoft see for this? There are already many different commercial PBX flavors if you don't trust open source; why do we need another?
    zackers
    • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

      @zackers: We also are using Asterisk for our PBX and are very happy with it. But I have to admit, that - if you're in the Windows world - OCS (now Lync) has a superiour integration in other MS products like e.g. Office.
      sgghet
  • RE: Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Lync PBX competitor

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