LifeSize Communications has certified additional video conferencing solutions for use with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. This is how Passport, Team 220, Room 220 and Express 220 work with the communication platform. For the successor Lync Server 2010 LifeSize also promises limited interoperability.
With its own product suite, LifeSize now wants to offer a complete product line for Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform. Specifically, the LifeSize solutions Passport, Team 220, Room 220 and Express 220 work in conjunction with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 (OCS) – users communicate via the infrastructure from conference rooms, desktop PCs or mobile devices.
In addition, LifeSize promises extensive interoperability with the OCS successor Microsoft Lync Server 2010. With LifeSize terminals, calls can already be made or accepted via Lync. The manufacturer is currently working on compatibility with RT-Video. In the medium term, they want to complete a corresponding transoding solution and face up to a possible video certification by Microsoft.
LifeSize protects against claims of end customers as a precaution. Do not be a reseller or system integrator for Lync. In case of problems with Microsoft’s current UC solution customers should contact the respective Lync seller.
Mobile connection for Unified Communications with Microsoft Lync
The App iPresence of the Augsburg company Datac Kommunikationssysteme serves as a mobile extension of Microsoft Office Communication Server and Microsoft Lync Server. The software compatible with iPhone and iPad is available in German and English and can only be used in conjunction with a Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 CWA server connected to Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 or Microsoft Lync Server.
The iPresence app shows mobile employees their usual contact list, including individual comments, as part of their internal communications. In addition, the own presence status can be set according to the current availability and colleagues with a personal note of on the way to be notified of a new status.
Availability of own contacts
With iPresence users should always be able to recognize the availability of their own contacts and to be able to tie available colleagues. The contacts of the Buddy List could be called by mouse click directly via GSM. It also lets you control whether incoming OCS and Lync calls are forwarded to the mobile device, routed to voicemail, or denied.