Microsoft Lync 2010 Support Has Ended

April 12th 2016 saw the mainstream support for Microsoft Lync 2010 officially come to an end.




Lync became Skype for Business late last year, however a number of businesses are still running older versions including Lync 2010 and Lync 2013.

With the mainstream support for Microsoft Lync 2010 officially ending this week many organisations that haven’t already made the migration, will be required to upgrade their previous Lync 2010 environments to the new Microsoft Skype for Business platform.

Skype for Business is a fully enterprise-ready communications solution providing a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and meetings. Users can connect to other businesses on Skype for Business as well as anyone on Skype, enabling rich communication with hundreds of millions of people around the world.

With our own dedicated Microsoft Communications and Messaging specialists operating within our messaging team, holding over 11 years’ experience in the unified comms industry, we are able to provide you with expert consultancy services to support your migration from Lync 2010 or 2013 across to the new Skype for Business Platform.

If you require any assistance with upgrading your Lync environment, please contact a member of the Krome team on 01932 232345

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Extended support now expired

In addition to the end of Microsoft Lync 2010 support, April 12th was also the final end of life date for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, which has been in an ‘extended support’ period since April 2011.

The end of the support will mean no further security patches are released for the product, however companies who have taken out Microsoft Premier Support contracts will have special arrangements in place as part of their agreements, similar to those offered when Microsoft retired Windows XP.

Microsoft has stated that SQL Server 2005 can be upgraded to SQL Server 2014 in-place of the 2005 edition, providing 2005 isn’t a 32-bit edition of the product. For clients looking to move to a cloud environment, Microsoft Azure SQL Database v12 offers “near complete compatability” with the stand-alone SQL Server product. If you are one of many organisations with an installation of SQL Server 2005, now is the time to develop your migration plan.

Krome offer full SQL consultancy services to ensure that your SQL implementation delivers from day one. Whether you are looking at upgrading to the latest version, or to move from an on premise solution to the cloud or back again, our team of highly accredited consultants are on hand to assist you either in part, as subject matter experts to ensure your project is aligned to MS best practice, or in on mass to deliver the project on your behalf, training your team as we go and passing the project back to your as a finished and complete article.

If you need any assistance with your Microsoft SQL migration plans, please contact a member of the Krome team on 01932 232345

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