Microsoft Lync has been added to Core CAL/eCAL suites
I just caught a post over at “UnplugThePBX“, (a fellow Lync MVP blog) – and it turns out that Microsoft are adding Lync to their enterprise level CAL suites. This is great news for businesses that currently own a Core CAL and would like to “dip their toe in the water” and discover how enterprise IM and presence can really change the way they work. Following suit those corporates that possess eCALs will also gain access to conferencing and collaboration capabilities. (see table below)
Those that want to go for the whole “kit and caboodle” i.e. telephony with PSTN breakout (or Enterprise Voice as Microsoft call it) will alas still require a Plus CAL. This all kicks into play as of 1st August 2011, which conveniently is when my enterprise agreement expires…thank goodness we have software assurance!
*Suite components currently planned for August 2011, and would be available with active Software Assurance coverage on or after the products become available for purchase in Volume Licensing. Because Microsoft must be able to respond to changing market conditions, these plans are subject to change at any time.