Microsoft Lync server 2010 is a much more natural extension of Microsoft Office and Microsoft exchange, which makes whole platform a lot easier to sell and maintain.

The question facing solutions providers is just how to deploy it, they can either deploy it on their customer’s website or host it has a cloud computing service, Microsoft would not get around to hosting Lync server 2010 in the cloud until the next year so solution providers have some running room before Microsoft shows up with a service that will inevitably drive pricing on downloads.

There are few doubts, however about the viability of unlimited communications and messaging in general as a cloud computing service Gartner for one argues that messaging and unified communications are an intrinsic part of a customer’s business process, so hosting those services in the cloud is not going to be a preferred option because most of the customers want to be able to easily customize their business processes, in short Gartner is arguing that hosting messaging and unified communications is too strategic to host in the cloud, in addition solution of messaging and unified communications services in the cloud chasing too little actual business.

Perhaps more profitable thing for solution providers to do today is to try to get customers

To install Microsoft Lync server 2010 on premise today, then they can wait and see how things shake out in the unified communications cloud later.

There’s no doubt that messaging and unified communications in the cloud for consumers is big business, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the same will hold true in the enterprise.

A noted this week by Microsoft Chairman, unified communications in the form of Lync server 2010 will be the most important thing to happen to the MS Office since the PC came along. This opportunity surrounding unified communications is definitely going to be huge, but when it comes to unified communications in the cloud, solution providers might want to take some time to distinguish between the light and airy versus the dark and stormy.

Lync is the next generation of Microsoft Corporation’s services unified communications software that enables people to connect in different new ways, anytime and anywhere.

Lync makes every engagement a virtual face to face meeting through video and audio conferencing, application and sharing the Desktop, instant messaging and telephony.

This new interface tool has been designed from the ground up to work with MS Office, share point and Exchange, which will help you to reduce end user adoption hurdles and increase return on investment.