Communicator 2011 is a client specifically designed for Mac users to connect to OCS and Lync servers.
This is the most complete OCS client for non-windows platforms and has almost all features of MOC 2007 R2:
- Search Corporate address Book and manage contacts;
- Rich presence (including calendar based);
- Presence in Office for Mac applications;
- IM, Audio and video conferencing with multiple users;
- IM with public and federated networks;
- Join virtual meetings (audio+ video + content sharing);
- Share desktop (with 13.1 update);
- Send and receive files;
- Make and receive PSTN voice calls.
His predecessor was Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 which was capable of connecting to both MSN and OCS but, with this corporate version, Mac users can now collaborate with traditional Windows office pc’s.
Taking advantages of the great built-in multimedia devices of Mac PC’s, we can experience great 720p video calls (picture on the left).
Communicator 2011 has a look and fell of Lync client, but you noticed on the main window, there’s no pictures with the contact names. On a conversation window you can notice a photo pane with placeholders. The client cannot retrieve photo contacts from the Lync address book services, but this photo placeholders promise that an update will add this capability.
Check this tables to compare Communicator 2011 features and capabilities with the other Microsoft Lync Server 2010 clients.
Disclaimer: the pictures in the videoconferencing are manipulated, just to give a more real experience 🙂
Update: This review is now for OCS client, since Microsoft released on October Lync for Mac, reviewed on this post.
Comments and future posts suggestions are always welcomed.