Top 9 Microsoft Lync alternatives

Last updated: August 15, 2017
Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365. Basic features include instant messaging, Voice Over IP and Video Conferencing inside the client software.
The best Microsoft Lync alternatives:


Skype


Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.

WebEx


Web conferencing lets you connect with anyone, anywhere, in real time. WebEx combines desktop sharing through a web browser with phone conferencing and video, so everyone sees the same thing while you talk. WebEx free alternatives are Skype, Google Hangouts. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted WebEx alternatives pay attention to Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.

Lotus Sametime


IBM Sametime is a client–server application and middleware platform that provides real-time, unified communications and collaboration for enterprises. Those capabilities include presence information, enterprise instant messaging, web conferencing, community collaboration, and telephony capabilities and integration.

Cisco Unified Communications


With Cisco Unified Communications, your company can connect co-workers, partners, vendors, and customers with the information and expertise they need, access and share video on the desktop, on the road, and on-demand, as easily as making a phone call, facilitate better team interactions, dynamically bringing together individuals, virtual workgroups, and teams, make mobile devices extensions of the corporate network so mobile workers can be productive anywhere

Google Hangouts


Google Hangouts is a live video chat app. It allows to share your screen, collaboratively draw on a whiteboard, edit Google Docs documents, create broadcasts for the unlimited number of viewers. Splitted into group chat app and videoconferencing app. Secure Google Hangouts alternatives are Signal and Telegram.

GoToMeeting


GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds. Enable high-definition video conferencing with one click. GoToMeeting free alternatives are: Skype, Google Hangouts. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted GoToMeeting alternatives pay attention to Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.

Cisco Jabber


Cisco Jabber is an unified communications application. Cisco Jabber lets you access presence, instant messaging (IM), voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing. Find the right people, see if and how they are available, and collaborate using your preferred method.

Adobe Connect


Adobe Connect is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars used by leading corporations and government agencies. And it's based on Adobe Flash technology, so you can deliver rich interactions that participants can join easily. Adobe Connect free alternatives are Skype, Google Hangouts.

3CX


3CX Phone System for Windows is a software-based IP PBX that replaces a proprietary hardware PBX / PABX. 3CX’s IP PBX has been developed specifically for Microsoft Windows and is based on the SIP standard, making it easier to manage and allowing you to use any SIP phone (software or hardware).