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Microsoft promises stronger ties between Lync, Skype

Tim Greene | Feb. 20, 2013
Microsoft is launching new capabilities in its Lync communication platform that ties Lync and Skype together to enable audio call and Instant Messaging interoperability as well as shared presence.

The new Lync has fewer points of failure and better tools for anticipating failures, Microsoft says. The new server ensures the best available quality of service for audio and video, and it chooses the best routing path. By running more efficiently than its predecessor, Lync 2013 can support an equal number of users with fewer servers.

Lynch 2013 supports federating Lync servers so, for instance, business partners could reach individuals at partner companies as if they were all linked via a single Lync server. Personal data supplied by Lync contact cards can be stripped out of the view given to partners using administrative tools, Microsoft says.

Microsoft says it has 140 Lync partners that produce hardware including phones as well as software that has been certified compatible. It says it has tied together its Lync and Skype teams to produce a generalized platform that allows connecting from work or home to co-workers or friends.

Microsoft says it has installed 5 million Lync systems as IP PBXs that are being used to either replace or supplement traditional PBXs as part of a strategic path toward all-IP telephony.


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