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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Lync is a unified communications platform for the enterprise from Microsoft. Lync 2013 desktop client recently got a November 2013 update which includes new features and fixes of bugs. Features included in the November Update: Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings Read more about it from the link below. Source: Lync blog via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft has released its second major update to the Metro Lync App.  For those not familiar with Lync, think of it as Skype for the enterprise.  Here is what’s new: Access more about your meetings — Use the new Meetings screen to view details about all your meetings for the current and next day, and, when more than one meeting is scheduled for the same time, to choose which meeting to join. You can still join your next meeting from the Join Lync Meeting tile on the home screen. Do more with the snapped view — Make calls, view contact information, start and have conversations, and see contacts’ presence all while working on other apps. Join meetings anonymously — Join a Lync Meeting from the Lync app even if your credentials don’t work for that meeting or if you don’t have a Lync account.  Browse someone else’s shared slides — ...

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Microsoft today revealed that during the last presidential election campaign in US, Obama for America campaign selected Microsoft Lync as their communications platform for hundreds of campaign staff in its Chicago headquarters and in some states for the 2012 elections. The campaign needed to upgrade from a private branch exchange (PBX) system to a more flexible cloud-based solution that could scale and adapt to support thousands of mission-critical calls in multiple locations at any given time. It is a usual thing that Microsoft uses its customers to showcase its software and services capabilities, but this is the first time they showcased a political party for promoting its software services. “It was really useful to see how Lync could adapt to the way our multilocation operation works,” Chopra said. “We didn’t start with Lync in every office, but we deployed it in our Chicago headquarters, and those employees were able to ...

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Microsoft today updated their Lync app for Windows 8/RT devices along with Skype app. The updated Lync app brings in enhanced ink capabilities, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. What’s new: - Added buttons to provide faster access to Back, Search, Mute, and End Call - Enhanced ink capabilities in IM conversations - Additional language support - Bug fixes and performance improvements Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today made number of announcement regarding Lync and Skype at its first ever Lync conference. Skype SVP Tony Bates gave a keynote talking about the Lync/Skype strategies. Microsoft has now moved Lync team under Tony Bates. Microsoft announced that Lync and Skype federation is coming to all users by June 2013 and new mobile apps with video over IP is coming in March as well. Lync and Skype connectivity. We’re proud to announce Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This move will begin to enable what we call B2X. B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol.  Lync Room System. Customer research showed most businesses were not getting the best experience from collaboration-enabled ...

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Today Cisco announced that it has appealed to European Commission on the approval of Microsoft/Skype merger without any conditions. Microsoft completed the Skype takeover last year with full permission from EC without any conditions. Now Cisco believes that such merger would block the interoperability of video communication in the future. In a blog post today from Cisco, Imagine how difficult it would be if you were limited to calling people who only use the same carrier or if your phone could only call certain brands and not others.  Cisco wants to avoid this future for video communications, and therefore today appealed the European Commission’s approval of the Microsoft/Skype merger to the General Court of the European Union.  Messagenet, a European VoIP service provider, has joined us in the appeal. We did not take this action lightly. We respect the European Commission, and value Microsoft as a customer, supplier, partner, and competitor. Cisco does ...

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Lync for Mac 2011 has been Released to Manufacturing. Starting in October, Mac customers will be able to experience the Lync integrated communications experience. From the updated contact cards to the ability to set up Lync conferences from Outlook 2011 for Mac to enterprise voice features, Lync for Mac 2011 offers Mac users integrated functionality for presence, instant messaging, conferencing and voice and is designed to work with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Online. Microsoft has committed to making Lync fully cross platform, with plans to release clients for iPhone, Android and Symbian, and with the MacOS release it means device mix should be no barrier to corporate deployment. Lync for Mac 2011 is available to customers as a part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU, Office for Mac Standard 2011, or through many of Microsoft’s Licensing programs. Customers can also purchase the application as a ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Lync-Guistic addon for Microsoft Lync 2010. The new add-on will act as an Conversation Translator which allows people of different languages to communicate effectively in real time. Lync-Guistic makes use of Bing/Microsoft translator for its backend processing. The new service was developed by Microsoft Research (MSR) and the Microsoft Lync team. The service that launched on June 3 translates incoming and outgoing instant messages into 35 languages. For more details visit http://lyncguistic.cloudapp.net/ ...

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