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February 10, 2011
Microsoft Qatar Heralds Release of Microsoft Lync Server 2010
By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

In a report, first-hand on with Microsoft Qatar, official Lonnie Wong Veros participated in a video conference with colleagues in the IT giant’s Dubai office.

Veros during a recent demo session said,?“This was made possible by the Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Server 2010 through a 3G connection on my laptop.”

Lync is described by Microsoft officials as a single platform that integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice. The interface works with applications including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange from their computers or from handsets.

Qatar's Microsoft country marketing manager Asad Ahmed said, “The blinding advantage of the product is that its users can communicate from anywhere through Lync." He added that some large enterprises in Qatar are using Lync, with much of the advantage being that users can stay connected with just a standard Internet connection: “We successfully use Lync over the Internet from hotel rooms, from anywhere around the world, as long as you have 256 to 384kbps as minimum,” he said.

The communications platform has an activity feed that shows updates from contacts when they change status note, picture, title, or office location. Gee, sounds a bit like a... social networking feature. "The new Office Backstage view integrates various communication options so users can share documents and presentations via instant messaging, share the application itself, or click to call directly from the application," company officials say.

In November TMC's (News - Alert) Tom Keating reported the Microsoft OCS "will be called Lync going forward and the name is much more conducive as a Skype (News - Alert) alternative as asking someone to Lync you sounds much better than asking them to OCS you."

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Charles West

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