Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program
The Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program tests and qualifies devices, infrastructure components, online solutions, services, and solutions provided by third party companies for interoperability with Microsoft Lync Server and clients.
The qualification programs for enterprise telephony services and infrastructure ensure that customers have seamless experiences with setup, support, and use of qualified telephony infrastructure and services with Microsoft's unified communications software including Lync Server and Exchange Server.
Only products that meet rigorous and extensive testing requirements and conform to the specifications and test plans will receive qualification.
While the specifications are based on industry standards, the programs also define:
The scope of the qualification is for environments in which Lync Server utilizes a Survivable Branch Appliance, SIP/PSTN Gateway, IP-PBX or SIP Trunking Service for communication with the PSTN or E-911 Service provider for communication with emergency services.
The testing focus of the program is designed to ensure that vendors providing interoperability with Microsoft unified communications solutions do so in a consistent and supportable manner, including SIP and signaling support used with the Mediation Service in Lync Server and the Voice Mail role of Exchange Server.
ISV partners in product integration
The Lync Partner Engineering ISV team works with many partners to provide a wide range of applications that are qualified for Lync in categories that include:
Infrastructure in the UC Open Interoperability Program involves enterprise components including SIP/PSTN gateways, Survivable Branch Appliances, Session Border Controllers, and IP-PBXs, along with hardware and software load balancers.
Service providers qualified with Microsoft Lync offer IP Telephony and E911 Services that interoperate with Lync. IP Telephony Services, also known as SIP Trunking, are offered by telecommunication carriers and provide PSTN ingress and egress for Lync deployments, Direct Inward Dial (DID) numbers and other value-added services. E911 Service providers provide Lync customers in North America the ability to have emergency dialing include dynamic location information sent directly over the SIP Trunking connection used for PSTN connectivity, and relay that information to the relevant Public Safety Access Point per the end-user's location.
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The Compatible Devices Program tests and qualifies phones, headsets and handsets, webcams, conference room devices, PCs and other devices for Lync.
The Compatible Devices Program has 2 levels:
For non-windows clients Microsoft recommends that you evaluate the USB consumer product lines offered by the device manufacturers that are part of the Compatible Devices Program. IP phones can also be used in non-windows based environments, excluding the PC pairing functionalities.
Video interoperability program
The Lync Video Interoperability Program qualifies video devices for Lync interoperability in the following three types of video solutions:
Online Dedicated programs
Customers who have deployed Lync through Lync Online Dedicated can find additional information about the specific interoperability scenarios available for their deployment on the Lync Online Dedicated page, including Session Border Controllers, IP Telephony Service Providers and Video Solutions. These products have undergone additional testing for specific interoperability needs with Lync Online Dedicated.
Interested in becoming an infrastructure, service, device, or application provider partner?
If you are a potential ISV partner, our team seeks out partners who are best of breed and who offer compelling solutions for Microsoft Lync Server and Unified Communications. Email our team at LyncISV to introduce your company and obtain more specifics.
Qualified for Lync
Certified Support Partners
Lync Certified Support Partners lists certified support partners.
Lync Certified Support Partners: