Monday, November 15, 2010

At the Lync Server 2010 Launch

I'm attending the launch event for Lync Server 2010 at the Microsoft offices in San Francisco this morning.

Microsoft is presenting a virtual launch event November 17 on the Lync Server website.

Don Brooks is here giving a great hands-on demo of the Lync 2010 client with mutliple ad-hoc remote users.  Really good demo and is very much like the one that we do for clients at ExtraTeam.  The integration of Lync with all things Microsoft has to be seen to be believed.  It's just so organic and easy to use.

Several vendors are here showing off their new product, including Jabra, Plantronics, and Audiocodes.  There are some really cool phones coming out for Lync - a few of them are already available.  The rest will be avaiable very soon.  Here are some examples:

Plantronics phones

Jabra phones

Audiocodes gateways

Plantronics Calisto speakerphone
I really like the new Plantronics Calisto (above).  It's a slick looking touchscreen speakerphone with a remote microphone on the sidecar shown, which can be used to clip to a presenter.

Jabra has a new omni-directional speakerphone with touchpad control in the ring around the speaker.  Very easy to use.

Our company is doing several POCs and full deployments even before the product officially launches.  Very exciting!  I'm looking forward to attending Lync Ignite here in San Francisco in January. 10:06 AM