There has been a lot of buzz and excitement last week around VMware’s announcement and plans to support Microsoft Lync 2013 (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-support-with-vmware-view-desktops.html). With Microsoft Lync 2013 and VMware View, customers will have full access to Unified Communications and Collaboration capabilities, and Office 15 integration.
Naturally, customers have also asked about our plans for Microsoft Lync 2010 support. As a result of a joint effort, I am excited to announce that VMware and Microsoft have officially completed validation testing of Microsoft Lync 2010 with VMware View 5.0. Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Lync 2010 Client Virtualization whitepaper to reflect the addition of VMware View as a supported Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution.
What does this mean for our customers?
Customers can deploy Microsoft Lync 2010 on VMware View infrastructure with confidence, knowing that the solution will be fully supported. With Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View, users will have access to features such as presence, instant messaging, application sharing, online meetings, and sharing whiteboards and PowerPoint presentations. Other features such as VoIP calling are only available when a Lync client is paired with a USB desktop IP Phone. A complete list of features supported with Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View 5.0 can be found in the Microsoft Lync 2010 Client Virtualization whitepaper.