Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync) integration

Many enterprise environments use Microsoft Lync or its successor, Skype for Business for internal written and video communication. But connecting to conference servers or a videoconferencing endpoint in a meeting room can sometimes be problematic.

Microsoft Lync / Skype for business is a widely used solution in enterprise communication. But because of the type of technology, the system is closed and can only natively communicate within the company (SIP domain) or with a federated environment. That typically causes Lync / Skype for Business not to be able connect directly from the application to the meeting room devices. The manufacturers offer different solution for the connection of the two systems.

Some videoconferencing end points can be registered into the Lync server with purchasing an additional licence but due to the different format of content sharing, a desktop shared by Lync will not be visible on meeting room devices. Other manufacturers will set up Lync connection on a server component instead of the endpoint side. In this case, user experience will not be reduced and moreover, Lync communication capability will not be limited to the licenced device and will be available for all the other endpoints that are connected to the system. This solution, however, can be very costly depending on the manufacturer.

According to the newest trend, the connection between Lync and traditional videoconferencing devices are solved by a conference server (MCU) that serves out multiple locations. Accordingly, multiple functions can be covered with a server and Lync clients can connect to multiple locations simultaneously. We can also find solutions for setting up videoconference or chat connection between Lync clients and users connecting from their browsers.

Our professional colleagues can help decide the best solution for our client’s needs and network preferences so using the familiar client can reach a much wider circle through a videoconference connection.