Vidyo, Inc., today announced a deeper level of interoperability between its personal telepresence solution and Microsoft Lync®, delivering superior video performance and capability inside the Lync client experience.
Vidyo’s next generation Microsoft Lync plug-in will deliver:
– An integrated Vidyo experience which makes the Lync client a true standalone Vidyo endpoint
– Immersive multiparty layouts including Active Speaker and Continuous Presence at up to 1440p30 within the native Lync environment
– Interoperability with legacy video conferencing solutions
– The ability to integrate VidyoRoom endpoints, Mac users and iOS/Android mobile users into a Lync call
– Advanced bandwidth management tools
– Superior resiliency for reliable performance over unmanaged networks
Organizations that have standardized on Microsoft Lync for presence, instant messaging and voice services will be able to introduce these additional capabilities without re-training users or managing multiple desktop applications. Vidyo also supports Active Directory integration for simplified user management, an Outlook® plug-in for single click scheduling and browser-based access using Internet Explorer. The new Vidyo Plug-In for Lync will be available for free to Vidyo customers with a current maintenance agreement. The new Vidyo Microsoft solutions will be available as part of VidyoConferencing™ 3.0 scheduled for release in Q3 2013 and are being demonstrated at InfoComm 2013, in Orlando, Florida, June 12 – 14, Booth # 1581.
The new Vidyo Plug-In for Lync supports both Lync 2010 and 2013 and uses Microsoft’s APIs to deliver the Vidyo experience inside a Lync desktop client enabling users to seamlessly complement Lync’s enterprise grade UC (unified communication) offering with Vidyo’s high-quality video collaboration in a single client.
This includes the ability to view more conference participants in larger windows with choice of immersive layouts, to simultaneously share at 1080p resolution and select content from multiple contributors, and to easily bring non-Lync users and devices into a visual collaboration session, while keeping the native Lync user experience conventions (invite a contact with a ‘drag and drop’ or with a right click, and one-tap escalation of a group chat into a multiparty Vidyo conference).
“The combined strengths of Vidyo and Microsoft provide Lync users with ease of use, interoperability and a level of video communications and collaboration that is unmatched in the Microsoft universe,” said Amir Shaked, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Product Management. “Vidyo’s plug-in solution provides users with a unified Lync experience while enhancing the overall quality of their video and allows participants to fully collaborate in video calls with mobile iOS and Android devices, Vidyo endpoints and legacy H.323/SIP video systems.”
With the new Vidyo Plug-In, Lync users can also invite non-Lync users or other guests to join their video calls via click-to-connect links that launch Vidyo inside web browsers including MS Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. For scheduled meetings, Vidyo delivers a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook enabling users to turn any meeting into a Vidyo meeting with the same click-to-connect links. This makes it possible for anyone to join a Lync user conference call by simply clicking on a URL.
VidyoConferencing 3.0 also provides several key integrations with Microsoft infrastructure products to ease deployments by IT departments. The solution delivers back end infrastructure and management tools that support single sign on user management through Active Directory integration, Microsoft® Windows® Installer (MSI) support to push out desktop components, and OS support for Windows XP through Windows 8.
Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter™ architecture and VidyoWorks™ platform enable easy integration and interoperability with a variety of leading business applications. In addition to support for Microsoft environments, Vidyo also supports integrations with other leading vendors.