Lync Conference 2014Recently, my colleague Daryl Hunter and I attended Lync Conference 2014 alongside 1,600 of our dearest Lync aficionados. The conference was a great experience full of fantastic sessions by some of the stars in the Lync field. The keynote also featured some exciting news for the future of the product, albeit with a heavy dose of coming soon.

The most highlighted announcements were Skype-to-Lync video and a little love for our friend the Android tablet. Video between Skype and Lync has been anticipated for some time and will go a long way towards bringing together Lync users with Skype for Business customers. The Android Tablet client demo, featuring a tongue-in-cheek cameo by KISS, showed off the interoperability between the different Lync clients.  Despite this platform spanning functionality, there was a surprising lack of an updated OSX client.

Another announcement, which was more of a footnote really, was the coming addition of PSTN connectivity to Lync Online.  This is big news after last year’s rollback of hybrid voice.  Additionally, this new feature comes with expanded Lync Online conference capabilities, allowing up to 1000 attendees.

Some other awesome options coming to Lync are the Lync Room System and the jLync, a javascript-based web client.  jLync, or UCJA, brings Lync chat and video functionality to websites allowing on-demand, in-line communications. The demo specifically showed interaction on a medical website, allowing you to contact a doctor through the app. Lync Room System provides the ability to add a room system to your meetings. This means your room system can log directly in to Lync, providing a customizable experience for conference rooms while still delivering all the features of the Lync client.

There are many other new Universal Communications, as Microsoft is now dubbing it, features and applications coming from vendors like SNOM, Plantronics, and Polycom. For example, Microsoft demoed features like room systems, device transitioning, and further UC integration. Like many of the announcements from the conference, a lot of this is coming in a few months rather than now, but it definitely gives us enthusiasts something to look forward to.

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