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Microsoft Lync 2013 Unified Communications: From Telephony to Real-time Communication in the Digital Age by Daniel Jonathan Valik

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Skype and Lync

Skype plays a very important role along with Microsoft's Lync platform and other unified communications and collaboration market players. The Skype platform was first released in 2003 and was originally created by a very interesting group of developers (Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström) and a company known as KaZaA.

Microsoft's purchase of Skype in 2011 for around 8.5 billion USD was an important event for the real-time communication community. Microsoft is currently engaged in using Skype's backbone infrastructure and feature set for their customers.

Skype's rich feature set of instant messaging, video, and audio communication, as well as desktop sharing and VoIP, is used by more than 663 million registered end users around the ...

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