October 19, 2013
Microsoft Lync Solution News Week in Review
By Ashok Bindra
As usual, the Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Solution sector was abuzz with activity. New products and solutions were introduced and several systems were certified by Microsoft for interoperability.
This past week at the BroadSoft (News - Alert) Connections 2013 conference, unified communications (UC) provider iscoord unveiled is-phone Desktop Lync with support for BroadSoft's BroadWorks along with a number of new VDI solutions. The is-phone Desktop Lync is now available for purchase from BroadSoft, while the VDI solutions will be available by the first quarter of 2014.
In other news, Microsoft has added new features to its Lync 2013 mobile client (version 5.2, now available for iOS and Windows Phone (News - Alert)). As a result of the updates, Lync 2013 mobile clients can now support Lync Server Certificate Authentication or Passive Authentication, allowing customers to configure their environment for mobility scenarios. The software giant promised to update the platform on a regular basis, continually adding features that users and IT professionals need. The latest update is the third since its announcement.
Similarly, BlueStripe Software reported new enhancements to its core product, FactFinder Transaction Monitoring. The solution has been designed to integrate real-time, dynamic application maps and performance alerts into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012. Consequently, FactFinder now enables users to see immediately what role each component plays within a distributed application.
In fact, users can see these roles without requiring any manual user configuration. Moreover, FactFinder Transaction Monitoring software can be deployed together with System Center 2012 to automatically create and update distributed application views inside Operations Manager.
Finally, it was reported that Siemens Enterprise Communications (News - Alert) and Unify Square will work together to integrate and implement services for Siemens’s OpenScape deployments. This collaboration aims to enable Siemens Enterprise (News - Alert) Communications to effectively integrate OpenScape Unified Communications solutions with Microsoft Lync.