One Year of Lync

I meant to post this a few days ago, but I just passed my one-year anniversary on the Lync (formerly Office Communicator) team. I enjoyed my time in the engineering excellence team at Microsoft, but I didn’t realize how much I missed being part of a software team until, well – a year or so ago. I’m having a great time and can’t believe what great people and technologies I get to work with.

If you don’t know what Lync is, it’s a communications and collaboration platform (IM, Voip, desktop / application sharing, etc.). Here are some videos you can check out if you want to more info (warning – they may be a *little* cheesy)

We’re in the early stages of our next release now – it’s the first time I’ve been part of this process for over eight years (that’s half of my career at Microsoft). Although many things are the same, it’s also fun to have a different set of ideas to try and experiment with as we get ready to build the next generation of a fantastic unified communications platform.


  1. hi,
    How different it is to any other available apps., like gmail/gtalk; ymail/ytalk.

    i agree that its very much married to other microsoft tech. like exchngd/ad/etc … but still not sure whats so new? can you elaborate more on it?

    i did read a little amount on this; but hmmm seems nothing new? is it that its trying to use sip trunking (voip); yes a cost saver; but yes wld like to know whats more available.. > Noticied; that there are so many server roles; which makes things complicated when deployed, was expecting something simple;

    let me know ur thoughts on my comments..
    nothing sarcastic here; trying to understand what different is being done now…

    1. I suppose it’s like gtalk, or skype – although much easier to use (IMO). I also like that it’s an extensible platform – that we can add extension panes and “bots” to the IM, voice, and desktop or application sharing.

      I’m not very good at sales or marketing – may have the answers you’re looking for.

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