LifeSize is working to qualify its video-conferencing products to interoperate with Microsoft's Lync and Office Communications Servers UC platforms.
is bringing its video-collaboration capabilities to the Microsoft unified-communications
officials on Feb. 7 announced that their high-definition video-conferencing
products, including the 220 Series offerings and the more affordable LifeSize
Passport collaboration system, will immediately interoperate with Microsoft's Lync communications platform
further qualifications for Lync later in the year.
LifeSize expects its offerings to be qualified this year to work with
Microsoft's Office Communications Server 2007 R2, according to Craig Malloy,
LifeSize co-founder and CEO and senior vice president of parent company
Logitech. It will make LifeSize among the first video-conferencing vendors to
qualify for interoperability with the Microsoft platform.
partnership with Microsoft is a key component in our vision to extend the
highest quality collaboration capabilities to anyone, anywhere, giving
customers true simplicity across existing UC platforms," Malloy said in a
partnership is only the latest pairing of major technology companies and video-collaboration
specialists as both sides look to take advantage of a major trend in both the
corporate and consumer markets. Cisco Systems, a strong proponent of video
communications, expects video to be a key part of a larger collaboration space
that should grow to $30 billion a year.
such technology as a key way of driving employee productivity while reducing
such costs as travel expenses.
2011 earlier this month, Vidyo
off a new plug-in that will let users of IBM's Lotus Sametime UC (unified
communications) platform easily run and participate in high-definition video
LifeSize officials, the interoperability of their technology with Microsoft's
UC platforms will be a boon to businesses of all sizes, enabling them to
connect over video between the LifeSize devices and desktops running the
It also will
mean more manageable communications, they said. A number of communications
avenues-from e-mail and video to chat and the telephone-can be accessed and
managed via a single user interface from myriad locations, such as conference
rooms, a desktop or a home office.
combination of LifeSize technology with Microsoft UC platforms will enable
joint customers to extend their video-conferencing ecosystems with service to
both conference rooms and PCs," Bill Verthein, principal group program manager
for Lync Devices at Microsoft, said in a statement. " Through our
qualification process, LifeSize will become one of the first video-conferencing
vendors qualified to interoperate with Microsoft OCS."
LifeSize's offerings are qualified to work with Office Communications Server,
it will mean support for such featuers as authentication and encryption,
firewall and other security measures from Microsoft Edge Services for secure
communications outside organizations, auto-configuration and united presence