All You Need Is Lync
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User Rank: Ninja
2/28/2014 | 9:46:16 PM
Yes, but...
Ok, first up, Lync is awesome. Well, it is if the servers are designed, configured and delpoyed properly, and its' running on a network that is well designed to support multimedia traffic. I have spent many happy hours doing voice and video via Lync and it has been wonderful.

Oh, but not on a Mac. Lync for OSX is just about the buggiest product MS has ever released (and if you look back, that's quite an achivement; the bar has been set quite high). Unplug a USB headset? Crash. Move from wired to wireless? Crash. Do nothing, and it will randomly? Crash. Suspend and restore? Crash. Seriously, it's a totally different product to the workhorse Lync I am used to on Windows.

If Lync wants to be the pervasive solution in the Enterprise (and perhaps beyond?), the apps on both major platforms have to be rock solid and feature matched.
User Rank: Ninja
2/26/2014 | 8:55:02 PM
Re: Skype as de facto standard
This is a great direction for Microsoft. Unlike Windows 8 and 8.1, this is an example of Microsoft making a very smart early strategic move in acquiring Skype. True unified communication is the future. Several tools do it well, but Microsoft is poised to do it better than anyone, if someone doesn't screw it up. Then you start talking about the seamless connections between Lync and Office and SharePoint and Exchange and, and, and, the impact could be huge.
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
User Rank: Ninja
2/26/2014 | 10:12:56 AM
Skype as de facto standard
My guess is that Microsoft acquired Skype because it recognized that Skype is the de facto standard. I'm sure Microsoft would prefer the Lync licenses, but Skype seems like the best evangelist for a compatible UC platform.

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