Our NDA has been lifted and we can now reveal the new name for the Communications Server '14 '.
The child has been named Lync, which is a combination of the words Link and Sync. Microsoft describes the name as more in line with the experience you get with a true unified communications product.
The forthcoming Communications Server "14" will thus be called "Lync Server 2010 and clients:
- Lync 2010 (Corresponding Office Communicator)
- Lync Attendant Console (As in OCS 2007 R2)
- Lync Attendee to participate in web conferencing with audio-video when you do not have Lync (For example, external users who previously would have used Live Meeting Console)
- Lync Web App which is the web-based client for web conferencing (without IP audio / video)
- Lync Devices are network units running Lync Phone Edition phones or conference units connected directly to Ethernet and Lync Server.
Lync Server is available as a download in Release Candidate version on Microsoft's website. This version will work until February 2011th. There is also a Planning Tool ready, and Attendee console, see the Microsoft Download all Lync downloads.