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Microsoft Lync VoIP Telephone System

This article will give you an overview of Microsoft Lync VoIP telephone systems in the UK.

Microsoft Lync Overview

Microsoft Lync 2010 was the first official ‘Lync’ product made available from American software giants Microsoft at the beginning of 2011. There were earlier versions, but this Lync product was built with professional communication in mind.

By the end of the year, it was also made available to Windows Phone, Android and iOS to ensure that all users and their communication platforms had been taken into account.

Basic features of Lync 2010 included instant messaging, VoIP and video conferencing. The new Lync phone system makes it even easier for people from across the world to communicate, with the added bonus of new and improved features. There are several options that businesses can consider to take full advantage of the benefits that using a Lync phone system offers them.


Lync Server 2013

Lync Server 2013 provides a single platform that keeps real-time communications simple. Businesses can connect to other businesses regardless of their location via a whole host of options like voice and video calls, conference calls and instant messaging. The beauty of using the Lync Server 2013 in place of a fixed phone system means that contacts are able to set their online presence to ensure no call or message is missed.


Lync Online

Lync Online (Plans 1 & 2) is a hosted communications service from Microsoft without the need of additional software and works on devices running Windows 8. This is also a standalone product that can be purchased separately from Microsoft Office 365. Lync Online would suit businesses that are not looking to upgrade their Microsoft software but wish to benefit from cheaper telephone calls. Lync Online Plan 2, offers user the same benefits as those who have opted for the Lync Online Plan 1, with added features – desktop, application and whiteboard sharing, meeting controls, enhanced in-meeting note taking and many more. Prices start from as little as $2 per user for Lync Online Plan 1, and just $5.50 for the Lync Online Plan 2.


Office 365 Small Business Premium

Office 365 suite includes those familiar Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access – as well as Lync. Businesses are able to host online meetings (audio and video) using one-click screen sharing and HD video conferencing, which makes planning a meeting with departments in other countries stress-free. Users can share their online presence (or not) with their contacts and participate in real-time conversations, both audio or instant message, via Skype. Subscriptions can be purchases on a month by month or annual basis. For businesses looking to upgrade both their office software and their telephone system, Office 365 Small Business Premium would work well for them.


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