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Microsoft Launches Lync

Microsoft has announced the launch of its new office communications tool Lync.

With the launch, Microsoft hopes to replace the traditional phone systems in corporate offices with a web-based network.

Lync is set to be available for sale in 150 countries across the world by 1 December.

Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft’s business division presented the new software to the audience at the New York event, in which Chairman Bill Gates briefly took part through a video call from Seattle.

This new software also works with Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft's free instant messaging software. Lync can also connect with Kinetic for Xbox360 so that gamers can make video calls through their television.

Lync combines essential features like voice calling, instant messaging, video conferencing and web conferencing in a single platform.

The software has a built in backup system, a disaster recovery function which can backup all information from one location to another. According to Microsoft, companies like Shell, Boeing and Nikon have already started rolling out the technology in their offices.

According to Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft Business unit, Lync could be another billion dollar business for the company. DelBene said that Microsoft made the switch to Lync and is saving $250 million a year.