Microsoft Lync is the next generation of Office Communications Server, and brings together video and voice communications, presence, file transfer, instant messaging and more into one cohesive package for the workplace.
The latest release of the platform was launched in New York yesterday, and is set to be available from December 1st. According to Microsoft’s announcement, corporations such as Boeing, Estee Lauder, France Telecom, Nikon and Orange are already using Lync.
A big element of yesterday’s buzz around Lync was a discussion on bridging the gap “between the boardroom and the home”. To support that goal, Lync’s Corporate Vice President, Gurdeep Singh Pall, announced plans for a forthcoming software update for Lync which will integrate Microsoft’s Kinect Video Chat with the platform’s video conferencing service.
We highlighted Video Chat for Kinect a few weeks ago, which allows video chat with other Kinect users as well as your contacts on Windows Live Messenger. Whilst it’s fair to say we all spend a little too much time at the office nowadays, the integration of Kinect into Lync at least means we'll have the company of family and friends whilst nailing that crucial deadline at the office.