Lync 2013 Preview
??Microsoft® Lync® 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects hundreds of millions of people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience.
Multiparty HD video and content sharing
Enable great meeting experiences and collaboration. Be there without going there.
Video gallery: The video gallery simultaneously displays up to five different participants’ videos, identifies the active speaker, and associates names with faces. HD photos represent all additional meeting participants.
H.264 SVC support: Lync uses open standards, including H.264 SVC, to enable HD video conferencing across a range of devices.
Presenter controls: Lead meetings professionally with presenter controls that are accessible but don’t distract, and that are designed to optimize for the type of meeting, audience size, and the content and/or video sources available to participants.
A modern communication experience accessible from almost any device
Keep everyone working together effectively, no matter where they are or what device they happen to be using. Lync delivers a familiar and engaging communications experience across a variety of devices and platforms.
Optimized for an immersive Windows 8 experience: Reimagined for Windows 8, Lync provides fast, natural, hands-on control of communications across the entire range of Windows 8 devices and architectures.
Lync Web App: Both PC and Mac users can now join a Lync Meeting from a browser and enjoy the rich Lync Meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP (VoIP), instant messaging, and desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.
Lync Mobile: Lync Mobile enables communication with anyone, no matter where you are. Send an IM, make a Lync call, or even join a Lync Meeting with just one touch—from a Windows Phone, or an iOS or Android device. Stay productive on the go with voice and video over IP, PowerPoint sharing, and more collaboration capabilities.
Integration across Office apps
Lync connects hundreds of millions of people, their communications, and the applications they use every day, helping them work better together and be more productive.
Communicate directly from within Office:Lync is integrated into Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, and other Microsoft Office applications, so users don’t have to leave the application they’re working in when they need to reach out to others.
Single identity: Lync highlights a user’s Active Directory identity, rather than a telephone number, during all real-time communications, providing all their contact information in one convenient spot.
OneNote Share: Save processing time for frequent meeting organizers and hosts. Lync automatically captures participant lists via OneNote. And meeting organizers and participants can share and co-edit meeting notes directly from Lync, so they don’t have to switch back and forth between applications.
Federation with Skype
Connect with anyone on Skype, which enables rich communications among hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Extension of Lync presence, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer voice capabilities to Skype users: Extend your reach by connecting Lync users with Skype users. Lync-to-Skype federation opens a new communications door for enterprises searching for inventive and differentiated opportunities for new customer acquisition, customer retention, and business-to-consumer communications.