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Lync Coming to Mac in October
Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 will be released in October. It's compatible with Lync Server 2010, which lets teachers and students use instant-messaging, video, audio, and Web conferencing to communicate across multiple platforms.
Features of Lync include:
- Instant messaging status shows if the user is available, in a meeting, or out of the office, based on calendar information;
- Contact cards, including photos;
- Electronic transfer of files;
- Audio and video conferencing, including creating, moderating, and joining online meetings;
- Desktop sharing;
- Voice capabilities, including making phone calls from a Mac;
- Forwarding and transferring calls to various devices and numbers;
- The ability to set up Lync conferences from Outlook 2011 for Mac;
- Compatibility with Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online.
Lync for Mac 2011 will be available to customers as a part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU, Office for Mac Standard 2011, or through other Microsoft's licensing programs.
For more information, visit the Lync for Mac 2011 Web site.
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