Month: February 2013

Microsoft Lync 2013 is bundled with Office 365 (cloud) business subscriptions. Lync is Microsoft’s platform for unified communications and collaboration. Lync provides:

  • Real-time presence – Presence information provides user status information (e.g., online, away, busy, in a meeting/call, do not disturb).
  • Instant messaging
  • Videoconferencing
  • Voice
  • Email

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Often the finer points of the video conferencing experience are overlooked in today’s world of open bids and bottom-line considerations. The conference room is viewed as a cost effective means of reducing travel expenses for a company. The Videoconferencing experience is much more than just cameras and microphones connecting to far-end displays and speakers. The quality of this exchange is greatly affected by many ambient components that influence the experience just as much as the technology, if not, in some instances, more than the technology. The videoconferencing experience can range from a simple phone or web camera application that utilizes coincidental ambience to a full blown immersive room outfitted to look, sound and feel like the far end is simply an extension of the conference room table. Continue reading