There is little better example of integrated communications software than Microsoft Lync 2010. Microsoft Lync 2010 is a communication and conferencing suite that includes an impressive array of communication tools including, video conferencing, VOIP telecommunications functionality, document management and collaboration software, instant messaging capabilities, application & desktop sharing functionality and more. All of which can be used in countless ways to streamline communications throughout an organization and, of course, to improve communications to customers. At its core, however, this functionality is really just a combination of existing Microsoft products brought together to create a comprehensive suite of communication tools including Exchange (e-mail & calendaring), SharePoint (document management & collaboration), Office Communicator (instant messaging), and Office Live Meeting (web & video conferencing) .
Microsoft Lync can be deployed in one of 3 ways: onsite, Microsoft-hosted, or hosted by a 3rd party (datacenter).
The onsite deployment requires a server (physical or virtual) and appropriate client deployment software (depending on what functionality you’re deploying).
Deploying the Microsoft-hosted solution is even easier because the infrastructure is already established and data simply needs to be migrated to the “cloud.”
Deploying to a datacenter may be the most complicated because it is similar to the onsite deployment, but since an offsite, 3rd party is involved, some additional complexity is included.
Pricing & Licensing
Pricing for each option can be found here
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