The top 7 new features in Microsoft's Lync Server 2013

Persistent chat, greater client compatibility, new conferencing features, and topology changes star in the new version

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New conferencing features: Lync 2013 expands its client compatibility to include IE10, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. PowerPoint sharing has been improved to allow for higher-resolution displays. Users with the proper permissions can scroll through a PowerPoint presentation independently of what slide the presenter is currently showing. The gallery view shows video windows of participants, organized by participation levels. The archiving features have been enhanced to include anything shared in a conference, such as PowerPoint presentations, file attachments, whiteboards, and polls.

Other features in and improvements to Lync Server 2013 include:

  • Support for HD resolution up to 1080p. Also, the H.264 video codec is the default for video encoding, which brings with it greater flexibility for resolutions, frame rates, and scalability.
  • IPv6 is fully supported, in addition to support for IPv4. You can go dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) if you like.
  • Hybrid deployment support for on-premise and hosted (cloud-based) Lync is supported.
  • There's a unified contact store with Exchange Server 2013, as well as the ability to use high-resolution photos for your contacts.
  • Archiving integration lets Lync works with the Legal Hold feature in Exchange for compliance and e-discovery needs.

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