Microsoft Lync & Public Release Candidate Available



Some significant announcements today – the next release of OCS, Microsoft Communications Server “14” (aka ‘Communications Server 2010’), and the associated client software (e.g. Office Communicator, Live Meeting, etc…) have all been re-branded under the name “Microsoft Lync”.

The official Microsoft press release can be viewed here: Microsoft Lync: A New Name for a New Generation of Unified Communications Solutions.

A public Release Candidate (RC) of both the server and the clients is now available on Microsoft’s download Center: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate (RC):

The specific list of new product names in in the Microsoft UC family are detailed here in the Microsoft UC Group Team Blog entry “Introducing Microsoft Lync, the next OCS!“:

Product 2010 Release 2007 Release
Family Microsoft Lync Microsoft Office Communications
The server Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2
The client Microsoft Lync 2010 Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2
The service Microsoft Lync Online Microsoft Office Communications Online
The web client Microsoft Lync Web App Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access

A recap of the major features offered in Lync Server 2010 can be viewed here: Key Microsoft Communications Server “14″ Announcements at TechEd 2010.

Also, there are a new series of new videos available showing the latest major features of the Microsoft Lync 2010:

What’s new in OCS 14 Conferencing
What’s new in OCS 14 Enterprise Voice
What’s new in OCS 14 Client Extensibility
What’s new in OCS 14 High Definition
What’s new in OCS 14 IM and Presence

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4 comments to OCS Renamed to “Microsoft Lync” & Public Release Candidate Available

  • The best explanation I have heard is from the Microsoft Unified Communications Group Team Blog:

    “As we watched Lync 2010 develop into reality, we wanted a new name that reflected the major product transformation. In that sense, Lync – a combination of “link” and “sync” – is about connecting people in new ways, anytime, anywhere. Beyond simplifying and shortening the current branding, customer research found that the name Lync appeals to end users and IT pros, even more than descriptive options like Communicator. If you’ve ever worked on a branding process, you know how personal it can be. Everyone involved has their favorite name (and of course none of them are the same!). So we were pleased that most people in research and internally gravitated toward Lync. We hope you like the name as much as we do.” (

    So there you have it :-)

  • How much does it cost ?

  • Petri

    Any ideas how the new name has been developed?

  • [...] OCS in 2010 – The UC 14 Wave ** Sept 13, 2010 Update **: Microsoft has announced that OCS is being rebranded as Microsoft Lync, and a public Release Candidate is now available.  Read all about it here: OCS Renamed to “Microsoft Lync” & Public Release Candidate Available. [...]

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