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What is Microsoft Lync?

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Microsoft Lync is an instant messaging client that has replaced Windows Messenger. Also referred to as Lync Online, it is part of Microsoft Office 365, and is the latest version of Microsoft’s cloud-based communication service.

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Microsoft Lync is a unified communications platform that allows for instant messaging, voice over IP and video conferencing. It has utility as a business application by offering online meetings via screen sharing capability and virtual white board functionality. Because it is integrated with Office 365, it has the capability to interact with other Microsoft products and services, such as access to Outlook contacts, retrieval of contact lists from Exchange servers, and advanced electronic file sharing. In addition to desktop application, the functionality is also available as a mobile application known as Microsoft Communicator Mobile.

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