Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer at Enterprise Connect 2012

Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer at Enterprise Connect 2012

First, it was a great honor to be on the “Living with Lync” panel at Enterprise Connect 2012.  The session was packed, and it really could have kept going for much longer.  My thanks to Kevin Kieller for leading the session and all the folks at Enterprise Connect.  I hope to be able to do it again sometime.

This year Lync was most certainly a hot topic.  The Microsoft Keynote by Kirk Koenigsbauer

had pretty cool demos, including giant touchsceen monitor with Windows 8 and Lync, and featured a few important annoucements / statements:

1. While no date was given, it was confirmed that the Lync and Skype teams were working hard on Federation as the first step in integration.  Kirk announced that there would be a full roadmap soon. 

2. It was annouced that Lync Online (Office 365) was adding Enterprise Voice via Jajah (this is coming at the end of July).

3. While Wave 15 wasn’t demoed, Kirk mentioned that it had made it to Beta milestone for Technical Preview customers.

Lync was very much the buzz of the show, with just about every session I attended mentioning it, and it dominated the last “Locknote” session, when the topic of SIP trunking replacing the PSTN came up a customer mentioning voice calls via Federation was quickly replacing PSTN calling.  The panel noted that perhaps a direcory of federated companies was needed, I wanted to tell them about this .

At Kevin Kieller’s session on Skype, Kevin did the math on the numbers of users people could contact for free using Lync Federation once Skype was added to the current mix – a staggering 1.4 billion.

There were two things in common with most vendors on the show floor – they were giving away an iPad, and thier product was (or was about to be) integrated to Lync.

It was great to see so many old friends and meet people in person that I have intereacted with online.  I hope to be able to attend again next year.