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    June 23, 2011  |  6 Comments  |  by Thomas   |  Blog, News

    What is Lync Online?

    This summer, Microsoft will be launching their newest edition of the Lync unified communications software. Unlike previous versions, Lync Online will be packaged into a cloud solution called Office 365, and will be deploy-able for significantly lower costs. For instance, the small business package of Office 365 only costs $6/month for each user, and yet it comes with SharePoint, Exchange, and Office web apps, effectively reducing the cost of Lync to little more than $1.50/month (assuming all products are an equal value proposition).

    With such an extreme change in pricing comes the obvious follow-up question: What are the differences between Lync Online vs Lync Server?

    The following Excel display was created by Microsoft to clearly show the how Lync Online vs Lync Server ranks up.

    Lync Online vs Lync Server vs Office Communicator Online:

     

    Feature

    Lync Server 2010

    Lync Online

    OC Online

    IM and Presence

    1-to-1 and multiparty IM/presence

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Address book search

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Distribution list (DL) expansion (DLX)

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    File transfers

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes (inside firewall only)

    PC-to-PC audio/video (A/V) dial-out calling

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes (inside firewall only)

    Click-to-communicate from Office applications

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Interactive contact card in Office 2010

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Lync skill search in on-premises SharePoint Server

    Yes

    No

    No

    Lync skill search in SharePoint Online

    No

    No

    No

    Persistent Group Chat

    Yes

    No

    No

    Privacy mode

    Yes

    No

    No

    Lync External Connectivity (Federation and Public IM Connectivity)

    IM/Presence and A/V Federation with other organizations running  Lync Server, Lync Online, or Office Communications Server

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    IM/presence and A/V federation with Windows Live Messenger

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    IBM Sametime federation

    Yes

    No

    No

    IM/presence federation with Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) networks (including Jabber and Google Talk)

    Yes

    No

    No

    IM/presence with AOL and Yahoo

    Yes

    No

    No

    Meetings (A/V and Web Conferencing)

    Meeting attendee capacity

    250

    250

    No

    Desktop sharing

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Application sharing

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    White boarding and annotations

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    PowerPoint upload for online presentations

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Upload for other Office file types

    No

    No

    No

    Polling

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Multiparty PC-based A/V

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Unauthenticated experience in Lync Web App

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Unauthenticated attendee (rich client)

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Authenticated experience in Lync Web App

    Yes

    No

    No

    Scheduled conferences (using the Online Meeting Add-in for Lync 2010 in Outlook)

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Outlook delegation for scheduling meetings

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Support for RoundTable conferencing device

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Lobby

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Interoperation with certified partners for dial-in audio conferencing

    No

    Yes

    No

    Provisioning for dial-in audio conferencing service for Office 365 direct customers

    No

    Yes

    No

    Phone dial-out from scheduled meetings via third-party dial-in conferencing service

    No

    Yes

    No

    Client-side recording and playback

    Yes

    No

    No

    Server-side recording and playback

    No

    No

    No

    Generate a link to a scheduled meeting via web page

    No

    No

    No

    Scheduling an online meeting in Outlook Web App

    No

    No

    No

    Dial-in audio conferencing on Lync Server

    Yes

    No

    No

    Multimedia content upload

    No

    No

    No

    Screen shot capture (including annotation)

    No

    No

    No

    Backstage/content preview for presenters

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Mute all attendees

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Mute individual attendees

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Unmute all attendees

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Unmute individual attendees

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    In-meeting attendee permission controls

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Interoperability with on-premises video conferencing systems

    Yes

    No

    No

    Voice and Telephony

    PSTN calling (incoming/outgoing calls)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Call hold/retrieve

    Yes

    No

    No

    PSTN dial-out for meetings

    Yes

    No

    No

    Advanced call controls (including transfer, forward, and simultaneous ring)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Access to Exchange Online voice mail

    Yes

    No

    No

    Team call

    Yes

    No

    No

    Delegation for voice (for example, boss delegates to admin)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Call park

    Yes

    No

    No

    Outgoing Direct Inward Dialing (DID) manipulation

    Yes

    No

    No

    Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Dial plans and policies

    Yes

    No

    No

    IP desk phone support

    Yes

    No

    No

    Survivable Branch Appliances for branch office resiliency

    Yes

    No

    No

    Call admissions control (CAC)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Support for analog devices (for example, fax)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Response groups

    Yes

    No

    No

    Private line (secondary DID for executives)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Interoperation with third-party private branch exchange (PBX)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Presence interoperation with third-party PBX

    No

    No

    No

    Remote call control (RCC) (also known as “click-to-call”) with on-premises PBX

    Yes

    No

    No

    Malicious call trace

    Yes

    No

    No

    Unassigned number

    Yes

    No

    No

    Network Quality of Service (QoS) – Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Media path optimization

    Yes

    No

    No

    Phone number management

    Yes

    No

    No

    Call detail recording (CDR) and billing reporting

    Yes

    No

    No

    Integration with call center solutions (Aspect)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Client Support

    Lync 2010

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Lync Web App (for participating in scheduled meetings)

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Lync 2010 Phone Edition (IP phones for Lync)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Lync 2010 Attendee client (for joining meetings)

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Lync 2010 Attendant client (receptionist rich client)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Lync 2010 Mobile

    No

    No

    No

    Office Communicator for Mac

    Yes

    No

    No

    Office Communicator Web Access (2007 R2)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Office Communicator 2007 R2

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Office Communicator Mobile (for Windows Mobile 6.x phones)

    Yes

    No

    No

    IM and media encryption

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    IM filtering

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Anti-malware scanning for meeting content and file transfers

    Yes (partner solutions)

    No

    No

    IM archiving (server-side only)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Exchange and SharePoint interoperability

    Presence interoperation with Exchange and SharePoint on-premises

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Presence interoperation with Exchange and SharePoint Online

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Exchange Unified Messaging (UM) interoperation with Exchange Online

    Yes

    No

    No

    Exchange UM interoperation with Exchange on-premises

    Yes

    No

    No

    Hybrid Lync Online and On-premises Administration

    Server and cloud coexistence (split domain) on user basis (some users on-premises, some users online)

    No

    No

    No

    Splitting workloads (for example, running IM/presence/voice on-premises, and conferencing in the cloud)

    No

    No

    No

    Windows PowerShell support

    Yes

    No

    No

    Web-based user interface (Lync Server Control Panel)

    Yes

    No

    No

    Attendee/user reporting

    No

    No

    No

    Reporting (using CDR and Quality of Experience (QoE)))

    Yes

    No

    No

    Third-party API Support

    Client automation APIs (client-side only)

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    Server side APIs

    Yes

    No

    No

    Source: http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/lync/480.aspx


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