Call conferencing on steroids.
A small but important fact many Office 365 customers are unaware of is that Lync Online supports conferences for up to 250 attendees.
In January this year Microsoft released an update to its on-premise version of Lync (Server 2010) known as “Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Support for Large Meetings”. This allows Lync Server to scale up to 1,000 attendees.
However, to support this amount of attendees Lync Server requires a dedicated server pool configured to support large meetings and managed in a way that ensures hosting of only a single large meeting at a time. This doesn’t factor in the amount of Internet bandwidth you would need to allow this many remote users to potentially connect to your meeting.
Only a few days ago Microsoft publicly confirmed that this support would be made available to Office 365 customers in a post on the Office 365 technical blog. At some point this will be rolled out globally to customers with Lync Online allowing them to utilise this amazing capacity.
To put it in context: you can host a conference for people all over the world, share PowerPoint slides, communicate with audio and video, interact by sharing desktops and whiteboards, have up to 1,000 people attend, and be presenting from anywhere in the world – all for only a few dollars per month!
Loryan Strant is a Microsoft Office 365 MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Follow him on Twitter @TheCloudMouth.