Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

Summary: Microsoft has published its planned pricing and licensing plans for its Lync Server 2010 and related client-access-license (CAL) clients.

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Microsoft has published its planned pricing and licensing plans for its Lync Server 2010 and related client-access-license (CAL) clients.

Lync is the new name for Microsoft's Office Communications brand. There will be new Lync Server 2010 and Lync clients out before the end of this calendar year. Lync Online -- the refresh of Communications Server Online -- is looking like a first half 2011 deliverable. Microsoft delivered a public Release Candidate test build of Lync earlier this month. Microsoft is positioning Lync as its PBX alternative.

Microsoft officials said that the company is holding pricing steady, for the most part, with the coming release of its integrated instant messaging/audio/video conferencing product. The one exception, according to a spokesperson, is the price of the Enterprise CAL, which is decreasing by 23 percent. "All other (Lync/OCS) prices are unchanged" from OCS 2007 levels, the spokesperson said.

"There were numerous improvements across all the Lync offerings, but we focused some of the biggest investments on the Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL and the new Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL—separating Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing and adding new Enterprise Voice functionality to the Plus CAL," the spokesperson added.

If you are interested in Lync, the pricing and licensing combinations and permutations are too complicated for me to explain succinctly; check the Lync site for the details.

The bottom line, however, is Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition will cost $699, and Enterprise Edition, $3,999. The Standard CAL is $31, Enterprise CAL is $107 and Plus CAL is $107. A Communicator 2007 R2 standalone license is $31, according to the site. (A CAL is required for each user or device accessing a Lync Server.) Users can buy CALs individually or as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL suite. A CAL is not the same as the Lync client software (of which there are several versions, including a new one for Mac users).

Topics: Telcos, Microsoft, Networking

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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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  • YAY Now your phones can be as unreliable as your PC

    Just what the world needs.

    "Thank you for calling XYZ company.
    Press 1 for Accounting
    Press 2 for Sales"
    CLICK while PBX BSOD's and reboots.
    itguy08
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

    Just so I understand, if I want to send/receive calls I would minimally need the Lync 2010 Server Standard sku along with Plus CALs?

    Until they host this, I will continue to use 3CX's Windows based IPPBX system that I have running on my Windows Home Server.
    USArcher
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

    ITGUY08 Looks like you are still living in denial..
    Do you know that this BSOD's OS owns more than 75 % of marketshare

    Wakeup..
    arshad@...
    • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

      @arshad@...
      Not 75% of PBX market share.

      I know of one PBX manufacture moved from Windows to Open Source. For the fact that each time they sold as PBX they had to pay a license for the server and pay for license for each client that connects to PBX.



      Hooay!
      daikon
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

    So where a customer used to pay $31 + $139 (=$170) per user for a given set of capabilities with 2007 R2, they now need to pay $31 + $107 + $107 (=$245) to retain all their existing capabilities with 2010?!? And even with SA you may lose functionality that your current licenses allow? And this is progress? :-(
    MJL10
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

    I know of a manufacturer who started on CP/M, went to OS/2, then to NT 4.0, then to Linux and now they are bankrupt bcs they did not do one single thing right. Yes, it is Nortel.
    dcdavy
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

    Its not the Operating System that is unstable. It is the applications or drivers that run on it. I can't remember the last time I had a BSOD. If you get them frequently... get rid of the software you don't use and run some diagnostics on your hardware. <br><br>BTW... some of those "PBX" vendors out there run all their Contact Center and Voicemail/Auto Attendants on Windows based systems... and have done so for years.
    jonmck@...
  • RE: Microsoft reveals its planned Lync PBX-alternative pricing, licensing

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