I believe that many readers of this blog post at Office Communications Group Team Blog made the following interpretation: Lync General Availability is 17 november. This was confirmed from one of my Microsoft contacts.
On November 2nd, Kirk Gregersen, Sr. Director Microsoft Lync makes this additional statement:
”As I noted in the blog our worldwide launch event is on the calendar for Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. The final milestone, known as GA or general availability, is December 1st, when existing customers who have maintained their SA (Software Assurance license), as well as new Lync customers, will be able to download Lync Server 2010 from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center”
“For those who want to download a version of the product prior to General Availability, a 180-Day Evaluation Edition will be available on November 17, 2010”
If you´re not a MS UC partner you have to wait to December 1st to download the RTM…
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