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Quickie: Mainstream support for Lync 2010 ending soon

On April 12th the mainstream support for Microsoft Lync 2010 will end, it will then enter the extended support period. The exception is the Lync (2010) Phone Edition – because it is supported by Lync 2013 and Skype for Business, the mainstream and extended support period for the Phone Edition have been prolonged for 2 years.

The following table shows the support lifecycle periods for Lync 2010:

Product Lifecycle Start Date Mainstream Support End Date Extended Support End Date
Microsoft Lync 2010 01/25/2011 04/12/2016 4/13/2021
Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant 01/25/2011 04/12/2016 4/13/2021
Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee 01/25/2011 04/12/2016 4/13/2021
Microsoft Lync 2010 Group Chat 01/25/2011 04/12/2016 4/13/2021
Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition 01/25/2011 04/10/2018 04/11/2023

You can read about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle at https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle .…

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Lync 2013 exams will retire in summer 2015

Hello everyone!

During my study for the Microsoft Exam “74-338 – Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer” I stumbled upon an interesting fact:

Microsoft will retire all currently available Lync Server 2013 and the last available Lync Server 2010 exam on July 31, 2015! From August 2015 on, it won’t be possible to take these exams.

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Of course, if you already passed these exams, they will still be valid.

There are probably going to be new exams available for Skype for Business Server 2015 later this year. At the moment I cannot find any information or announcement from Microsoft about this.

You can find an overview of all exams which are scheduled to be retired here.…

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