The market for social software in the workplace includes vendors whose software products are used primarily to support people working together in teams, communities or networks. They are used mainly within enterprises, primarily by employees, but also by external customers, suppliers and partners. Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for Social software and Microsoft was placed in the leaders category. By integrating the components of Yammer with Office 365, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to deliver value to our customers. Microsoft Microsoft is in the Leaders quadrant. Although SharePoint has been positioned in the past as a social product, Microsoft has shifted its social efforts to its online offerings Yammer and Office 365 (through closer incorporation of Yammer with the rest of Office 365). Although Yammer and SharePoint will remain distinct but integrated products, Microsoft will concentrate its future social enhancements exclusively on Yammer, while focusing SharePoint on related capabilities, including ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync app for iPhone and iPhone that includes new Gallery View for the iPad, Lobby Control and promote/demote participants for both iPad and iPhone. You can have up to four video streams in a Lync Meeting on the iPad. Lync automatically detects and shows the video streams of the most active speakers in the meeting. With the new Gallery View on the iPad, and the four live video streams, you can now feel the same wonderful experience you have on the Desktop and on Lync for Windows 8. Apart from this, Microsoft has added couple of features for managing meeting attendees.  Lobby Control In this update, a presenter with Lync 2013 for iOS will receive a notification that there are new people in the lobby waiting to join the meeting. After opening the roster, a mobile presenter is able to either admit or deny people that sit in the ...

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Yesterday, we reported that in the recent Gartner’s magic quadrant that was released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco in the Unified Communications market. Similarly, Microsoft highlighted the fact that Microsoft is placed in the Leaders segment of Forrester’s Wave as well. Forrester’s report said that Microsoft’s single familiar user interface drives rapid adoption and utilization of its solution by information workers. From the report, The Microsoft Lync client can access the range of communication and collaboration capabilities from tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktop computers running a wide variety of operating systems. Microsoft’s single familiar user interface drives rapid adoption and utilization of its solution by information workers. The single integrated package of communications and conferencing capabilities delivered by the Lync client/server infrastructure in a web/XML paradigm makes it easy for developers to customize and build applications to complement Microsoft’s UC&C capabilities with industry- ...

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Gartner recently released their report on Unified Communications market. In the magic quadrant they released, Microsoft was positioned as a leader in the marker along with Cisco. Cisco used to be the only major player in this marker, Microsoft came up with Lync years later and now it continues to make significant gains in the market. In many cases, Lync is initially deployed for its IM, presence and Web conferencing functionalities, with gradual incremental deployments of telephony and video added as follow-on phased deployments for specifically targeted groups or regions. Microsoft Lync offers a full suite of UC functionality that Microsoft continues to improve with each release. It integrates with Office applications, Active Directory and Skype. Microsoft has a broad set of additional business applications that will increasingly be leveraged, including Office Graph (which uses machine learning to define the context and connect users with relevant documents, conversations and people) ...

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Recently, I came across as Microsoft patent application which was published to the public. In the patent, Microsoft described as system for multi-user and multi-device collaboration. With the advent of different types of devices, users uses various technologies for managing documents of various types, data of various types, calendar information, contacts information, and the like. Users are able to create and share useful presentations, charts, images, and the like. But, users are not able to collaborate with others on the data they created. For example, users gather in a conference room with printed paper documents, presentations, or other, followed by hand-writing collaborative information on a board, and followed by transcription of such information onto one or more notepads or into one or more computing devices. This is clearly not an efficient way to do it and this Microsoft patent is trying to solve this issue. Abstract: Multi-user, multi-computing device collaborative work experience is provided. One or ...

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  Every year, Microsoft conducts lots of events focused on Enterprise customers and developers. It includes TechEd, SharePoint conference, Microsoft Management Summit and more. Today, Microsoft announced they are unifying all these events into one Unified Technology Event For Enterprises. We’re excited to announce the inaugural unified Microsoft commercial technology event the week of May 4, 2015. If you’ve attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this the place for you to be. It’s everything you’ve come to know and love and more. You’ll find what you’re familiar with and you’ll learn more about Lync, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Project, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visio, Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Intune, Windows Server and lots more. Save the week of May 4, 2015.  We’ll be back in September with more details. See you in Chicago for this unparalleled event. At these events, you can experience the following, The broadest ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync Room System with June system update. This new update includes all the usual fixes and minor updates, but contains one major new feature called Room PC View. Microsoft says this feature will improve the content capture experience for a computer that is always connected in the Lync Room System. Currently, the LRS content capture feature was originally designed to activate and share the screen when the content capture cable was connected to a laptop, and then deactivate when detached. As some users wanted to hard-wire the content capture cable connection to an in-room, always connected PC, Microsoft created this new feature, Our solution? We created a Room PC View button on the console that controls the display of the in-room PC screen share. If you want the screen share to display in the room, you can turn the button on; if you want to keep the screen share ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Lync for Mac 14.0.9. Microsoft listed the following issues fixed in this v14.0.9. •             Substantial improvement in Desktop Sharing (~10x throughput improvement) •             Top few Watson crashes fixed •             Location Awareness (LIS server for location) implemented •             E-911 support implemented •             Ability to select video camera for calls (can change camera while in a call/meeting) •             Warn users that contact list can’t be edited for UCS contacts •             File transfer now works •             Audio stutter fix when using 44100 sampling rate devices •             Fix QOE blob so that QOE metrics are captured correctly at server •             Bridge ACP calls so that Lync for Mac meeting experience will see ACP users in roster •             Anonymous join now works •             CVC version now has consistent numbering in Lync for Mac Update your Lync today. ...

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Microsoft today released an update to Lync 2013 app for Android devices in Play Store. This v5.4 update brings in support for Android tablets, ability to start group chat from conversations and more. Find the full change log below. Lync 2013 for Android extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface. What’s new in version 5.4: - Tablet support (excludes Tegra2 based devices) – Add participants into an ongoing conversation (IM or Lync Meeting) – Start an ad-hoc group conversation – Bug fixes Download it here from Google Play Store. ...

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Microsoft has updated the Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. The update is mainly focused on Lync Meeting presenters which brings most common features that are available in the desktop app. As a result, you can now manage your meeting participants from the modern Lync app. For most users of Windows 8.1, Lync will upgrade automatically within 24 hours. To get the update sooner, search for Lync and click Install. In addition to new features, we also continue to improve the ease of use for Lync.  We think you’ll like what we’ve done in this update.  Here’s an overview of what’s new: This update includes: Manage meeting participants individually or as a group. You can mute a participant, send a private IM, view their contact card, promote to presenter or demote to an attendee. You can also invite more participants, mute all audience, and admit people to the meeting who are waiting in ...

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At Lync Conference 2014 held at Las Vegas, Microsoft made few announcement regarding its communications platform. Microsoft’s communications platform mainly comprises of two parts, Skype on consumer side and Lync on enterprise side. Microsoft is making progress in both these sides individually and also trying to bring them together. For example, Microsoft demonstrated video calling between Skype and Lync, making it possible for consumers and businesses everywhere to use video for nearly every conversation. “The coming years will bring an even more dramatic transformation as we enable people everywhere to take advantage of rich communications for all the important relationships in their work and personal lives,” he said. “Consumers that already enjoy Skype will be able to easily reach businesses from the devices and services of their choice, and to take advantage of chat, voice, video and content sharing as they see fit. Professionals will be able to connect in ...

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Speaking to The Guardian, UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude revealed that UK government is planning to switch its productivity suite from Microsoft Office to some Open source solutions. UK government spends tens of millions of pounds a year to Microsoft and other software companies for using their software and they are looking to cut those costs. He believes that costs would come down by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs. I agree with OpenOffice in his argument, but Google Docs? Speaking at a cross-government event showcasing new online services on Wednesday, Maude will say: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace. “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need ...

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Similar to Lync for Windows Phone app, Microsoft has updated its iPhone and iPad app on iOS platform to v5.3. This new version of Lync mobile brings the capability to view shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting and iOS7 support. What’s New in Version 5.3 for iPhone & iPad View shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting Full support of the new iOS 7 Key Features: •View shared meeting content during a conference, on your mobile device •Initiate a group conversation (IM or Video) or invite additional participants •Join, rejoin and initiate a Lync Meeting to communicate and collaborate amazing ideas •Control the meeting (mute or remove attendees) and know more about participants’ modalities •Transfer your calls to another phone-number or another contact •Pick-up your conversations from the point you ended them •Join (and enjoy) a Lync Meeting even if you don’t have a Lync account •Enhanced Security with ...

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Digital Video Enterprises (DVE) today revealed their Immersion Room product which is a Holographic Presentation Room for the enterprises. It offers the next generation of collaboration over video. You can see Microsoft bring projected in the air and people can even interact with it. They are making use of Lync, Kinect and DVE’s patented technology to offer this kind of experience. Immersion Room is just one of the many solutions that DVE is offering on Lync, there are several other impressive solutions as well. Watch the video above, you will be amazed. Read the full press release below. Press Release: IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ — Digital Video Enterprises, Inc. (DVE) announced today it has launched the DVE Immersion Room™, the first-of-its kind Holographic Presentation Room, powered by Microsoft®.  Microsoft Windows® is now seen floating in the middle of the room and people are able to interact with video ...

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Almost two years ago now Microsoft gained approval from all governments, including the European Union, on its acquisition of Skype.  The European Commission allowed Microsoft to buy Skype without having to make any concessions. Cisco was not happy about this, as they have their own video conferencing solutions, and has been against Microsoft’s purchase from the beginning. Cisco along with Italian fixed-line and Internet telephone provider Messagenet SpA went to the EU’s second highest court, in Lexembourg, to appeal the European Commission’s decision to approve the deal. Cisco earlier argued that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype created a monopoly and that the EC was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft. Today, European Union court rejected Cisco’s claims and upheld their decision to approve Microsoft/Skype deal. “Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal market. The merger does not restrict competition either on the consumer video communications market ...

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The new update for the Lync metro app is available today for Windows 8.1.  Based on user feedback, Microsoft made a number of improvements in this update, here is what is new: Take control of shared screens or apps    During a Lync Meeting with app sharing or screen sharing, take control of the sharing started by someone else in the meeting. Run Lync side-by-side with another app at any window size     Use apps side-by-side when you need to reference another app or website while using Lync. You are not limited to the old 320 pixel snapped size; you can make the Lync window any size you want. Answer audio and video calls on the lock screen     answer audio and video calls quickly when your device is locked, without having to unlock it. Mute and Control Call Volume from inside Lync     Mute the speakers or control the volume of your call from the ...

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