Here it is, the next version of Lync. I’m beyond excited. 😀
A Quick Look at What’s New
I’m going to be pumping out posts on what’s new in the next week or so, but here’s a quick taste based on what I’ve found on TechNet:
- Multi-party HD Video with H.264 SVC support. In Lync Server 2010, 720p HD video was peer to peer only. In Lync Server 2013, it includes conferences as well.
- Gallery View for conferencing e.g. brady bunch video view.
- Skype Federation – includes presence, IM and peer to peer voice.
- VDI Plugin so Lync voice and video will now work in Remote Desktop sessions.
- New High Availability scenarios supported (SQL Mirroring!)
- Group Chat is now called Persistent Chat. It’s a first class citizen in Lync Server 2013 and is delivered in the one, unified client. That’s right, no more separate chat room client!
- Voice and video in Lync Web App. That means from any endpoint you’re on, join the meeting and be completely involved.