What's new in Microsoft Lync 2013?

Microsoft-Lync-2013-LogoOver the next few weeks I am going over the features within Microsoft Lync 2013, but before I wanted to initially cover what's new in Lync 2013 from the previous version Lync 2010.

I won't be going through each feature in depth I just want to go through what is there and then at a later date I will go into each part in greater detail.

So, In Microsoft Lync 2013 the experience to the end-users has been improved massively to allow the Core experiences feel simple and familiar. Lync 2013 is easy to understand and use, the new controls do not overwhelm users and as with all new 2013 major releases the user experience has stayed consistent.

  • Handling Multiple Conversations is easy
  • Persistent Chat integrates cleanly into applications
  • People are now a bigger part of the experience with connections been deeper and more natural, higher quality allowing conversations to feel more human
  • Lync 2013 is part of the Office/Metro Family as said allowing the experience to be consistent with other major releases.

New Server/Service Features: 

Lync 2013 deployment methods have improved dramatically enabling gradual migration and coexistence between Lync Private and Public Close scenarios.

On Premises: Lync 2013 Private Cloud / Dedicated
Hybrid: Single domain and corrector users split across On Premise & Cloud
Cloud: Microsoft Office 365 w/ Lync Online

People, Presence and Chat:

New features include Unified Contacts, Persistent Chat and Extensible messaging and presence protocol (XMPP) support is now native in Lync Server 2013 & with Skype now being part of the Microsoft family new possibilities open up for extending unified communications scenarios to the hundreds of millions of people who use Skype supported methods of communication at present being limited to federated audio calling and instant messaging between Lync and Skype user and the Exchange of presence information between federated contacts.

Third Party Presence Integration has improved allowing you to subscribe and publish presence from mobile networks, Cisco Unified Call Manager etc. with investments being made in presence scaling and unified server-to-server authentication across all office servers. (OAuth Token) 

Previously known as 'Group Chat' and now called Persistent Chat is now a First-class server role within the Lync Server topology, you are able to implement multiple persistent chat server pools to help you comply with data privacy regulations.

Disaster recovery improvements have been changed vastly allowing you to share pools across wide area networks (WAN) and supporting up to 15,000 concurrent endpoints/rooms.

Video functionality has multi-view for natural interactions and support for standards-based codec H.264 AVC/SVC, High Definition video in meetings (720p for conferences, 1080p for Room Systems; HD in Panorama video). Lync 2013 has been optimized for mobile networks across 3G, 4G and WiFi Networks as well as improved third-party telepresence systems inter operate through gateways.

Collaboration and Meetings:

with Lync 2013 you will hear of the WAC Server option and this allows Microsoft Office PowerPoint Presentations to render with animations, transitions, video using the power of the WAC Server, the Lync Web App now has full meeting client capabilities built to web standards. You now have the ability  to schedule one-click lync meetings from Exchange OWA, Click-to-join audio conferencing with dial-out with added join support for Lync Online & Hybrid deployments.

Meetings can now scaled up to 1,000 users on a dedicated pool, conference content can easily be achieved for whiteboard and pooling room systems. as well as Audio Quality improvements for the larger meetings.

Enterprise Voice: 

Enterprise Voice has had some fine enhancements mainly to the routing side of things with Support now for M:N - MS:GW, Improved Caller ID Management & Delegate Routing, Response Group Management and Inter-Trunk Routing (Session Management). Changes have also been made to support Hosted Voice with Lync-to-Phone, IP Phone Devices in Office 365 and in a hybrid scenario cloud users use the on-premises server appliances. IPv6 is now supported in all Lync Components and the one feature I have been really interested in being VDI for audio and video.

I hope that provides you with bit of information to what's new in Lync 2013, please feel free to download the Product Guide here: Lync Product Guide




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