Lync Voice Tip-o-the-Week #5 – Who Needs YouTube When Lync Does Browser-based Video? - Buchanan Technologies, Inc. - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog
By Ken Lasko
I’m sure most of you already know you can hold audio/video calls and conferences with other companies that use Lync. If you don’t know that, well, I guess now you do. (Tip within a tip: enter the email address of someone you know at another company that uses Lync in the address bar. If they’re on Lync, you’re off and running).
Did you know you can invite people to a Lync-based meeting even if they don’t have Lync installed? Did you also know that people can dial in to your meeting via a normal telephone if they want to? To get started, go to your calendar in Outlook and click the New Online Meeting button.
This will open up a new window pre-populated with the Lync dial-in conferencing access numbers available to you. Everybody has their own dedicated conference ID, so there’s no more fighting over who gets to use the conference bridge. Send the meeting request to all the participants. When a user clicks on the Join Lync Meeting link in the email, they will join the meeting using Lync if its installed, or the browser-based Lync meeting client if they don’t have Lync installed.
The Lync browser meeting client allows users to participate in audio/video conversations, desktop sharing sessions, whiteboards and polls. If they don’t have a computer handy, they can dial into the conference using a regular telephone.
Here’s an example of video conference and white boarding features in action.
My artistry is second to none, as you can clearly see. I’d like to say that it was my toddler son who drew this, but who are we kidding. He’s much better than this.
Running audio conferences is much easier using Lync. Not only can you clearly see who is on the meeting, you can mute the people who are dialed in while riding a motorcycle without a helmet in a hurricane. Or if you’re drunk with power, you can drop whoever you want from the conference. I encourage you to try out the Lync conferencing features. Go ahead, it won’t hurt you.
As I’ve noted in my last posts, the features I am covering throughout this series are only available if your Lync admin has enabled them. If you don’t have access to these features, you should partner with Buchanan Technologies to help you unlock Lync’s full potential.
About Ken Lasko
Ken Lasko is a Microsoft Lync MVP, unified communications thought leader, and first-class David Hasselhoff impersonator. Check out his blog unified communications blog http://ucken.blogspot.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @kenlasko.
Publish Date: November 2, 2015 5:00 AM
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