IM an Expert - IM an Expert is a social networking tool that helps the people in your organization who have questions find the people in your organization who have answers. IM an Expert parses the question to determine the topic area, finds topic area experts in its user-populated expert database, and forwards the question. A willing expert responds to the initial question and follow-up questions using Lync.Conversations Analyzer - Conversations Analyzer is an application that reviews your Lync instant messaging (IM) conversation history and gives you scores for your use of trust-building language in day-to-day communications with business associates and friends. Conversations Analyzer applies trust rules to determine the occurrence of words and phrases that have a positive or negative effect on trust.Conversation Translator - Conversation Translator provides a real-time language translation service for Lync instant messaging (IM) conversations in up to 35 different languages. With Conversation Translator, both the sender and receiver can converse in their native language, and Conversation Translator handles the translation.Information Dashboard - Information Dashboard helps you start a conversation with a remote contact by providing current information about the contact's location. For example, if you are calling a coworker or a client in Shanghai, China, you can open Information Dashboard and enter the location of Shanghai before making the call. Information Dashboard will return the day, date, time, whether you are calling during regular working hours, the weather forecast, and a news feed of articles related to the location and these settings are saved for your contact.Tabbed Conversations - Tabbed Conversations provides a tabbed conversation window to allow multiple instant messaging (IM) conversations in a single window.Group Chat Stress Tool - You can use the Group Chat Stress Tool to help verify your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat hardware deployment. Group Chat Stress is made up of two applications: Group Chat Stress Tool and Group Chat Loaders, the stress engine. Use Group Chat Stress Tool to create the configuration files for the loaders and to distribute the binaries to the remote machines that will be running the loaders. Use Group Chat Loaders to apply the specified load parameters on the Group Chat Server.
The Associate Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. Candidates must prove they have the required skills to hit the ground running. This level represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.The Expert Level comprises the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.
Lync Community Update April 2012
Lync/Industry Update and Useful Resources Tom Arbuthnot Consultant, Modality Systems @tomarbuthnot http://www.lyncdup.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Lync CU5 – Video for RCC Users• CU5 for server and clients available• Adds Video in RCC (a client side change) http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/03/01/update-lync- 2010-adds-video-calling-for-rcc-enabled-users.aspx http://www.justin-morris.net/lync-server-2010-cumulative-update-5- released/21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 2
Lync Federation Directory• Matt Landis Federation Directory Now at over 7,000 companies! http://windowspbx.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/usa-microsoft-lync-federation-directory_02.html21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 3
Polycom KIRK Wireless LyncQualification Update• Microsoft testing complete, press KIRK Wireless announcement and products Server 6000 due for addition to TechNet – stay tuned KIRK Butterfly KIRK 50-Handset KIRK 60-Handset KIRK 70-Handset Handset Series Series Series Series21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 4
Blue Jeans Network• Not new, but I got to play with it and it works wellhttp://bluejeans.com/21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 5
New Hardware: Net v2 SBA and Busylight UC• SBAv2 Standard – more powerful SBA’s• BusyLight UC – visual Presence Indicator http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/network-equipment-technologies-receives- additional-qualifications-ux-series-microsoft-nasdaq-nwk-1635906.htm http://lyncdup.com/2012/04/video-demo-of-busylight-uc-for-microsoft-lync/21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 6
Free tool: Microsoft FixIt Center Pro• Free Technet Fixit tool for Lynchttp://windowspbx.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/howto-using-microsoft-fixit-center-pro.html21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 7
Microsoft Certification Changes• Changes to Microsoft Partner Certifications – Gold in xxxx• Changes to Microsoft Personal Certificationshttps://partner.microsoft.com/40170636http://www.expta.com/2012/04/microsoft-reinvents-certifications.html21/04/2012 Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London (MUCUGL) 8