Lifesize video conferencing integrated into Microsoft Office Communication server

June 16, 2011 9:39 am by Jal

Video Conferencing experts Lifesize have become one of the few qualified to integrate into Microsoft Office Communication server 2007. Microsoft OCScustomers will now be able to utilise video conferencing during their meetings all in HD.

Which products are supported?

Not all Lifesize products can currently be integrated into Microsoft OCS and similarly not all versions of Microsoft OCS will support Lifesize products although the major versions of Microsoft OCS are supported. The list below shows which versions of Microsoft OCS are supported by Lifesize products:

  • Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R1 (v3.0.6362.0)
  • Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2 (v3.5.6907.0)
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R1 (v2.0.6362.0)
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 (v3.5.6907.0)

To date only the Lifesize Team 220 range of video conferencing products are supported but Lifesize are mentioned their intention to bring support to their whole range of video conferencing products.

What features will it include?

The integration will bring a unified contacts list adding Lifesize and Microsoft OCS contacts into one, easily manageable list. In addition to this, it will bring additional security features such as the ability to authenticate and encrypt data for secure communication as well as incorporating Microsoft Edge to bring a high end Firewall/NAT traversal service.

Standard definition video conferencing will be supported via the H.263 and G.711 video and audio codes and HD video conferencing will be supported via the H.264 and AAC-LC video and audio codes.

What does the future hold?

Lifesize are currently working on introducing compatibility with other Microsoft products and in particular with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (RTM). Interoperability with this product is expected to arrive some time during the back end of this year which means we will no doubt be hearing more from these two companies soon.

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