December 2011. Microsoft releases an announcement Apple style and announce the availability for mobile clients within a week. Support is promised for the Windows Phone, Apple iPhone and iPad and Android mobile phones. Microsoft is providing broad cross platform support, important missing platform to date is the Blackberry devices from Research in Motion (RIM). Details can be found on the Microsoft Lync mobile page here. A detailed feature comparison can be viewed on the Mobile Client Comparison table on Technet (may require partner access)
This blog will cover a description of functionalities, screenshots and video of the Lync client for the iPhone and the iPad and also the Xync Collab app for the iPad of Damaka. The clients as shown in the blog are located in the Netherlands, where the Lync 2010 and edge server is located in Switserland, including Exchange 2010 with unified messaging capabilities.
The client connects to the server directly via the internet and the edge server or a VPN (provided by Junos pulse app). Both setups provide optimal connectivity to support roaming users to connect via 3G or WiFi internet connectivity. My Lync profile has been setup with DiD (Direct inward Dial) of the Netherlands, more specifically a Dutch amsterdam (020) number. These services are provided by SIP trunking and allow PSTN & conferencing connectivity with a global reach, starting in Germany and terminating in France and Holland, allowing any to any connectivity.
So in short the Lync clients in attached screenshots connect to a Lync 2010 server, that is voice enabled by a SIP trunk connected to a Front End.
Mobility is taking a big rise in today’s global workspace, it is being driven by cost reduction, the new way of working and trends like BYOD. Multinational want cost reduction of roaming charges and employees want continuous presence, always on and maximum flexibility in a meeting or while traveling. Lync certainly is certainly a visionairy in the UC space, closely followed by Cisco UC propositions. Players like Avaya and Alcatel are playing catch-up.
Many multi nationals having been piloting small deployments and are launching full blown deployments, in a PBX replace mode or a hybrid mode with existing PBX vendors (usually Cisco UCM, Avaya or Alcatel OXE platforms).