Office 365 is RTW, so what’s the difference between Lync On-Premises and Lync Online?

June 28th, 2011 | Tags: ,

Earlier today SteveB announced the release of Office 365, the next iteration of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services or BPOS. As a side note Office 2010 SP1 was also released to the web and can be downloaded here for x86 and here for x64.

As a part of the Office 365 offering comes Lync Online, a hosted version of Lync Server 2010. In actual fact you can even get an on-premises Lync Plus CAL (this includes Enterprise Voice) should you opt for the Office 365 E4 Plan.

So what are the differences between the two on-premises and hosted or live editions of Lync? I found a great feature comparison matrix in the Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description, it even illustrates the difference between Lync Online and Office Communications Online.

Updated table now available here

 Features Lync Server 2010 Office Communications Online Lync Online
IM/Presence and Lync-to-Lync Calls
1-to-1 and multiparty IM/presence Yes Yes Yes
Address book search Yes Yes Yes
DL expansion (DLX) Yes Yes Yes
File transfers Yes Yes (inside firewall only) Yes
Lync-to-Lync audio/video calls Yes Yes (inside firewall only) Yes
Lync-to-Lync high definition video Yes No No
Presence and click-to-Lync from Office Apps Yes Yes Yes
Interactive contact card in Office 2010 Yes No Yes
Lync Skill Search in SharePoint Server (on-premises) Yes No No
Lync Skill Search in SharePoint Online No No No
Persistent Group Chat Yes No No
Privacy mode Yes No No
Lync external connectivity (federation and Public IM connectivity)
IM/presence/audio/video federation with other OCS/Lync Server /Lync Online organizations Yes No Yes
IM/presence/audio/video with Windows Live Messenger Yes No Yes
IBM Sametime federation Yes No No
IM/P federation with XMPP networks (Jabber, Google Talk) Yes No No
IM/presence with AOL, Yahoo Yes No No
Meetings (audio/video/web conferencing)
Meeting attendee capacity 250 No 250
Desktop sharing Yes No Yes
Application sharing Yes No Yes
White boarding and annotations Yes No Yes
PowerPoint upload for online presentations Yes No Yes
Upload for other file types No No No
Multimedia Content Upload No No No
Polling Yes No Yes
Ad-hoc multiparty PC-based audio/video Yes No Yes
Authenticated attendee in Lync Web App Yes No No
Unauthenticated attendee in Lync Web App Yes No Yes
Lync attendee client Yes No Yes
Scheduled conferences (using Outlook plug-in) Yes No Yes
Outlook delegation for scheduling meetings Yes No Yes
Support for RoundTable Yes No Yes
Lobby Yes No Yes
Interoperability with certified partners for dial-in audio conferencing (ACP) No No Yes
Phone dial-out from scheduled meetings via third-party dial-in conferencing service No No Yes
Client side recording and playback Yes No No
Server-side recording and playback No No No
Generate a link to a scheduled meeting via web page No No No
Scheduling an online meeting in Outlook Web App No No No
Native dial-in audio conferencing on Lync server Yes No No
Screen Snapshot (Desktop Annotation) No No No
Backstage/Content Preview for presenters Yes No Yes
Mute all attendees Yes No Yes
Mute individual attendees Yes No Yes
Unmute all attendees Yes No Yes
Unmute individual attendees Yes No Yes
In-meeting attendee permission controls Yes No Yes
Interoperability with on-premises video conferencing systems Yes No No
Voice and telephony
Lync-to-phone (calls with landlines and mobile phones) Yes No No
Call hold/retrieve Yes No No
Dial-out from ad-hoc Lync meetings Yes No No
Advanced call controls (transfer, forward, simul-ring) Yes No No
Access to Exchange Online voicemail Yes No No
Team call Yes No No
Delegation (boss-admin) for Voice Yes No No
Call park Yes No No
Outgoing DID manipulation Yes No No
E-911 Yes No No
Dial plans and Policies Yes No No
IP desk phone support Yes No No
Resilient Branch Office Appliance Yes No No
Call Admissions Control (CAC) Yes No No
Support for analog devices (such as FAX) Yes No No
Response groups Yes No No
Private Line (secondary DID for executives) Yes No No
Interoperability with third-party PBX or trunks Yes No No
Presence interoperability with third-party PBX No No No
RCC (click-to-call) with on-premises PBX Yes No No
Malicious call trace Yes No No
Unassigned Number Yes No No
Network QoS – DSCP Yes No No
Media path optimization Yes No No
Phone number management Yes No No
CDR and billing reporting Yes No No
Integration with call center solutions (Aspect) Yes No No
Client support
Lync 2010 Yes No Yes
Lync Web App for participating in scheduled meetings Yes No Yes
Lync 2010 Attendee client (joining meetings) Yes No Yes
Communicator for Mac client Yes No No
Office Communicator Web Access (2007 R2) client Yes No No
Office Communicator 2007 R2 client Yes Yes No
Lync 2010 Phone Edition (Lync-based IP phones) Yes No No
Lync 2010 Attendant client (receptionist rich client) Yes No No
Communicator Mobile (Windows Phones 6.x) Yes No No
Lync 2010 Mobile client No (coming soon) No No (coming soon)
IM and media encryption Yes Yes Yes
IM filtering Yes Yes Yes
Anti-malware scanning for meeting content and file transfers Yes (partner solutions) No No
IM archiving (server side) Yes No No
Exchange/SharePoint interoperability
Presence interoperability with Exchange and SharePoint on-premises Yes Yes Yes
Presence interoperability with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Yes Yes Yes
Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange Online Yes No No
Unified Messaging interoperability with Exchange on-premises Yes No No
Lync Online and Lync on-premises, and administration
Server/cloud coexistence (split domain) on user basis (some users on-premises, some users online) No No No
Splitting workloads (for example, IM/presence/voice on-premises, conferencing in the cloud) No No No
PowerShell support Yes No No
Bigfin (web) UI Yes No No
Attendee/user reporting No No No
Reporting (CDR, QoE) Yes No No
Third-party API support
Client-side APIs Yes No Yes
Server-side APIs Yes No No