MS releases release candidate of Lync

Big news this morning: Microsoft just dropped the release candidate build of Lync. This is the product suite formerly known as Communications Server “14”. I’m glad to see a simpler name, and it looks like the simplified branding also applies to the mobile clients and the Live Meeting desktop (and maybe the service; I can’t tell yet.)

There are a lot of changes in CS14 Lync and I really haven’t had time to dig into them (though I’m really looking forward to PowerShell support!) However, I was already in the process of rebuilding our existing OCS 2007 R2 installation at work, so it might be time to move to Lync instead. All hail Software Assurance! Of course, I’d bet that the RC build of Lync isn’t supported for production use, and I have no indication that there will be a build-to-build upgrade from the RC (as there almost always is for Exchange.) I may have to wait a bit before rolling it out. In the meantime, there are a ton of videos covering new features in Lync that I should probably watch…

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