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Microsoft Lync

Microsoft Lync

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Microsoft Lync is a unified communications platform on which users can make a phone call, keep track of their contacts’ availability, send an IM, and start or join an audio, video, or web conference.

Featuring IM, presence, shared desktops, audio and video conferencing and VOIP, tightly integrated with the Office suite including Outlook, Word and SharePoint, Lync closes the loop on total communication.

Key Features
  • IM/Presence/Group Chat
  • Audio/Video Conferencing
  • Application and document sharing
  • Enterprise Voice
  • Rich presence Office integration
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Enterprise integration with Active Directory federation

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Pricing and Licensing
Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2013 offers a number of flexible deployment options. It can be deployed on-premises, hosted directly by Microsoft, or hosted by a partner. Depending on which deployment option you choose, there are three different ways to buy Lync:
  • On-premises: To deploy Lync on-premises, you need a license for each of your Lync Server 2013 instances and Client Access Licenses (CALs) for each of your users or devices. You can acquire standalone licenses for Lync, or purchase licenses in combination with other Microsoft products in the Enterprise CAL Suite. Enquire about On-Premise Lync licensing
  • Microsoft-hosted: For a Microsoft-hosted Lync deployment, you need a User Subscription License (USL) for each of your users. Similar to on-premises Lync licensing, you can purchase standalone Lync Online subscriptions or in combination with Microsoft Office 356. Enquire about Microsoft hosted Lync
  • Partner-hosted: Microsoft has a large partner ecosystem to help customers build, deploy, and service Microsoft Lync Server 2010 products and solutions. Contact a partner directly to host your Lync infrastructure or help you build a next-generation communications experience. Enquire about partner hosted Lync solutions and licensing

  • Lync Licensing: Download the Lync licensing guide PDF
Microsoft volume licensing: Learn how Microsoft licensing fits your organisation

Lync Datasheet: Lync Datasheet
Lync Product Overview: Lync Overview

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