Microsoft Keynote

Today it was Microsoft’s turn to show and tell about their Lync product. The demo was focused on video conferencing and to a lesser degree on presence. Derek Burney, head of Lync showed how Lync is available on many devices – in particular iPad, Windows Mobile Phone, and an Android device. In all cases the software performed as expected, though perhaps understandably, the video was quite choppy. He can probably blame the WiFi for that.

Overall the presentation was impressive. That said, a conversation with a gentleman whose company used Microsoft 365 (cloud-based everything) told me that his experience has been less than great. They’ve been waiting for new releases for key features like call-forwarding, and video. It seems that Microsoft’s cloud offering doesn’t yet provide the features of on-prem Lync systems. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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