Microsoft Qatar today announced that it will organize an exclusive event in Doha on February 7, 2011 to launch Microsoft Lync, the next generation of unified communications solution from Microsoft. The event which has been organized in partnership with Jabra and Polycom will give businesses in Qatar an exclusive opportunity to learn more about how Microsoft Lync can meet their needs for real-time collaboration and give them access to an integrated solution that enable users to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner.
Lync is a single platform that integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, webconferencing and voice to bring people together in the ways they communicate best, with one interface that works with the applications businesses know and use today, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange from their desktop or from handsets. The launch of Microsoft Lync comes at a time when the overall market for unified communications is witnessing a rapid expansion. According to IDC, the market for Unified Communications in the Middle East, Europe and Africa region was worth US $ 8 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow to US $ 16.6 billion by 2014.
“Microsoft Lync connects users in new ways, regardless of their physical location providing a fresh, intuitive user experience that is directly accessible from Microsoft Office applications to deliver the best productivity experience," said Mohammad Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar located at Qatar Science and Technology Park. “The event will be a great opportunity for both SME & enterprise customers to gain deep insights into how the unified nature of the system helps reduce costs and facilitates rapid user adoption. Moreover because Lync is broadly interoperable, it also fits into existing IT infrastructure for easier deployment and migration.”
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Microsoft at this event,” said Joel Hamon, President EMEA & CALA, Jabra. “Our award-winning corded and wireless headset solutions integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Lync providing a reliable, easy to use and cost effective user experience across multiple devices and platforms. As a world leader in innovative headset solutions, we are committed to providing customers with the best products to improve worker productivity and provide enhanced ergonomic comfort in a unified communications environment. ”
“Through our commitment with Microsoft to deliver flexible standards-based solutions, Polycom is transforming business communications with the most comprehensive and intuitive communications experience that will deliver high-definition video, voice and content-sharing capabilities to conference rooms, classrooms and meeting spaces across the enterprise,” said Alain Weidmer - Vice President for Emerging Markets.
Microsoft Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Microsoft Communications Server, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Communicator, and now also includes Microsoft Lync Web App and Microsoft Lync Online. More information about Lync is at http://www.microsoft.com/lync.