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As a mobile employee who’s office is typically anywhere there is an internet connection — I live and die by video conference, instant one on one and group chat conversations.  It’s the way our team stays connected even when we’re principally in at least 4 different cities. I was added to the internal Beta of Microsoft Lync and immediately saw some great improvements over the previous version (Lync is the product formerly known as Office Communications Server). Read the rest of Rick's article here.

Click here to learn more about Microsoft Lync and its launch on November 17th, 2010. 

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