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New Capabilities in Lync 2013

Watch & Discover new features in Lync 2013.

Microsoft® Lync® 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects hundreds of millions of people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience.

Download & Try Lync Server 2013 from this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh973393.aspx

Communications-enable your applications

Unified communications as software. That summarizes the philosophy of Microsoft. Empowering developers to enable every application they build to become a communications endpoint that cannot only communicate with Lync, but also with networks like Skype, Live Messenger and others..

The upcoming release of the developer platform for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and the Microsoft Lync 2013 client support that value proposition, strengthening the Microsoft Lync 2013 Managed API and the Unified Communications Managed API 4.0. Both APIs enable developers to use their .NET skills and the Visual Studio developer environment to easily build complex communications experiences in a minimal amount of time, without having to know complex protocols.

With Lync 2013, Persistent Chat has been added as an integrated capability of Lync, and the developer platform has been enhanced with these capabilities both on the client-side as well as on the server-side, so developers can integrate and enhance group chat easily in applications.

Lync Server 2013 will also be the first release to enable extending non-Windows applications, like web or mobile applications, with Microsoft’s unified communications: It will support the Microsoft Unified Communications Web API (UC Web API) which can be used across devices and operating systems using HTML5, JQuery and JavaScript. The UC Web API can also be called from native programming languages proprietary to various operating systems. This API will become available later in 2012.

How to use the Lync Developer Platform?

The power of the Microsoft Unified Communications developer platform is typically used in the following ways:

To customize and extend Lync

At times Lync does not work the way customers are accustomed to compared to legacy systems, or require additional functionality that needs an extension. Being built on a software platform, often such functionality can be added on top of Lync’s APIs.

To empower customer care

Lync offers a powerful multichannel communications platform that can be used to empower unique customer care scenarios. Dozens of ISVs offer great solutions, like web chat, IVR, or contact center to extend the reach of Lync beyond the enterprise.

Communications-enabled business processes

The pinnacle of using Lync’s software platform is to deeply embed communications inside applications and business processes. Building on familiar paradigms like .NET and REST-ful APIs, developers can easily add such functionality to their applications and business processes.

Multiparty HD video and content sharing

Enable great meeting experiences and collaboration. Be there without going there.
Video gallery: The video gallery simultaneously displays up to five different participants’ videos, identifies the active speaker, and associates names with faces. HD photos represent all additional meeting participants.
H.264 SVC support: Lync uses open standards, including H.264 SVC, to enable HD video conferencing across a range of devices.
Presenter controls: Lead meetings professionally with presenter controls that are accessible but don’t distract, and that are designed to optimize for the type of meeting, audience size, and the content and/or video sources available to participants.

A modern communication experience accessible from almost any device

Keep everyone working together effectively, no matter where they are or what device they happen to be using. Lync delivers a familiar and engaging communications experience across a variety of devices and platforms.
Optimized for an immersive Windows 8 experience: Reimagined for Windows 8, Lync provides fast, natural, hands-on control of communications across the entire range of Windows 8 devices and architectures.
Lync Web App: Both PC and Mac users can now join a Lync Meeting from a browser and enjoy the rich Lync Meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice over IP (VoIP), instant messaging, and desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.
Lync Mobile: Lync Mobile enables communication with anyone, no matter where you are. Send an IM, make a Lync call, or even join a Lync Meeting with just one touch—from a Windows Phone, or an iOS or Android device. Stay productive on the go with voice and video over IP, PowerPoint sharing, and more collaboration capabilities.
Integration across Office apps
Lync connects hundreds of millions of people, their communications, and the applications they use every day, helping them work better together and be more productive.
Communicate directly from within Office: Lync is integrated into Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, and other Microsoft Office applications, so users don’t have to leave the application they’re working in when they need to reach out to others.
Single identity: Lync highlights a user’s Active Directory identity, rather than a telephone number, during all real-time communications, providing all their contact information in one convenient spot.
OneNote Share: Save processing time for frequent meeting organizers and hosts. Lync automatically captures participant lists via OneNote. And meeting organizers and participants can share and co-edit meeting notes directly from Lync, so they don’t have to switch back and forth between applications.

Federation with Skype

Connect with anyone on Skype, which enables rich communications among hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Extension of Lync presence, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer voice capabilities to Skype users: Extend your reach by connecting Lync users with Skype users. Lync-to-Skype federation opens a new communications door for enterprises searching for inventive and differentiated opportunities for new customer acquisition, customer retention, and business-to-consumer communications.
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