Lync Online vs Lync Server

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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