Lync 2013 – Join conferences from within your browser

Generation-e was fortunate enough to be invited to the Lync 2013 Ignite event recently, where in depth information and pre-release demonstrations of new communications technologies were presented. I’ve always been an avid fan of Microsoft solutions, but I make no secret of the fact that they have always worked very well within the Microsoft ecosystem, whilst providing a somewhat fragmented experience for those users not operating a Microsoft based client or infrastructure. Lync 2013 really has torn down the boundaries for allowing people to communicate easily and efficiently, across any operating platform.

Lync Web App in Lync 2010 was always about providing an experience for any attendee, without the need to install a “fat client” to experience an online meeting. While this did fill the gap in some respects, it still fell short of offering a true conferencing experience, as full audio and video support was unavailable. In addition, administrative access was required in some circumstances, to install plugins and additional software for enhanced functionality. Step forward to now and there’s Lync Web App 2013.

Lync Web App 2013 offers the ability to join a conference from anywhere and provides full media support. An attendee can now join a conference, and from within a browser session, interact with audio and video as if a local “fat client” were installed. No elevated privileges are required to join a meeting, as the plugin components run completely in the context of the user’s session. I’ve shown this to our customers, some operating Mac devices, some operating Google Chrome browsers and others with a mix of flavours of Internet Explorer, and they were amazed at how simple and powerful this feature is.

Lync Web App 2013 has to be seen to be believed and I think is the killer feature of Lync 2013. Get in touch with Generation-e for a live demonstration of the capabilities of Lync Server 2013 and experience the simple, intuitive and powerful features of a Microsoft Unified Communications platform.