I’ve been using federation for a long time. So long in fact that several versions before we had Lync Online there was a product called Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (LCS).
Personally I started my Microsoft cloud journey with BPOS (the predecessor to Office 365) as one of the components was Office Communications Online – the cloud version of Office Communications Server 2007 (the upgrade to LCS).
Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet. 🙂
So one of Lync’s most powerful features is the ability to federate with users outside of your own organisation, however customers of Office 365 are generally only told about this feature during the sales process and possibly post-migration training.
Today’s article on BoxFreeIT is about a fantastic free tool which searches your Outlook contacts and lets you know who you can communicate with via Lync. Read on here: http://www.boxfreeit.com.au/Productivity/discover-who-else-uses-lync-online.html.