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Get Ready to Lync Up Your Kinect to the Office

Microsoft Lync is the next generation of Office Communications Server, and brings together video and voice communications, presence, file transfer, instant messaging  and more into one cohesive package for the workplace.

The latest release of the platform was launched in New York yesterday, and is set to be available from December 1st. According to Microsoft’s announcement, corporations such as Boeing, Estee Lauder, France Telecom, Nikon and Orange are already using Lync.

A big element of yesterday’s buzz around Lync was a discussion on bridging the gap “between the boardroom and the home”. To support that goal, Lync’s Corporate Vice President, Gurdeep Singh Pall, announced plans for a forthcoming software update for Lync which will integrate Microsoft’s Kinect Video Chat with the platform’s video conferencing service.

We highlighted Video Chat for Kinect a few weeks ago, which allows video chat with other Kinect users as well as your contacts on Windows Live Messenger. Whilst it’s fair to say we all spend a little too much time at the office nowadays, the integration of Kinect into Lync at least means we'll have the company of family and friends whilst nailing that crucial deadline at the office.  

 

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  • Thats cool.  I've been looking at Video Kinect as a way to potential bring video conferencing to the big screen at my parents house.  You know, see the grandchildren from out of state.  And having an XBox at the grandparents house would be welcomed news too.  I'm still investigating this.  I use Live Messenger for my small business as well.  However, Lync and Office 365 are potentially very interesting for my business.  I'm particularly interested in the VOIP capabilities.  Until now, Live Messenger has suited my business partners and I perfectly for IM/Video. The challenge I see is balancing business/personal communications.  Do I just run Lync and Live Messenger as needed or do I run both Lync and Live Messenger?

  • TuneUpTuneUp

    I’m really excited to test out Microsoft Lync. I think this will be a great way to take part in conferences and work meetings from home. What are your thoughts on smaller businesses using this—do you think it has the same benefits for companies of all sizes?

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