New Office 365 Web Conferencing Services

January 19, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Thomas   |  Blog, News

Office 365 Web Conferencing Update

Lync Online is great, but one of the major features holding it back is that it has never been able to robustly support major WebEx style meeting services. At first look, this would seem like an obvious early feature given all the other nifty gizmos Microsoft stuck in Lync Online, not true. It wasn’t until long after the product release that it is now finally starting to attempt to compete with services such as Cisco WebEx.

Lync Online is doing this through a new offering that allows for direct dial in over a traditional phone line (your PSTN), as well as a number of new business class conferencing features. A comparison to WebEx is displayed below and more product details are available here: Lync Online Web Conferencing

How does it compare?

Feature Offering

Microsoft Lync Online

WebEx™ Connect

WebEx™ Meeting Center

IM/Presence

Multi-party IM and presence

Yes

Yes

Address book search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Distribution lists

Yes

Yes

Yes

File transfer (inside firewall)

Yes

Yes

PC-to-PC audio/video (A/V) (inside firewall)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Office integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

File transfer (outside firewall)

Yes

Yes

PC-to-PC A/V (outside firewall)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Skill search in SharePoint

Yes

Conferencing

Audio, video and web conferencing – concurrent

Yes

Yes

Yes

Escalation to online meeting from IM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Desktop sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Application sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

PowerPoint® upload

Yes

Yes

Whiteboard

Yes

Yes

Yes

Annotations

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sharing from Office applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lobby

Yes

Yes

Yes

Easy join from Outlook® reminder

Yes

Yes

Yes

Client-side recording and playback

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integration with 3rd party audio conferencing (InterCall Reservationless-Plus®)

Yes

Yes

Yes

VoIP / PSTN integration

Yes

Dial-in / Call back

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mute and unmute

Yes

Yes

Yes

Invite by phone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Recording (including PSTN/VoIP mix)

Yes

Lock/unlock

Yes

Yes

Expel

Yes

Yes

Yes

End conference

Yes

Yes

Yes

Client

Web client

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mac Messenger

Yes

Federation

Presence integration with Exchange and SharePoint Online

Yes

Yes

IM, presence, A/V federation with on-premise and federated tenants

Yes

Yes

Security

IM media encryption

Yes

Yes

Server-side IM archiving

Yes

Yes

Anti-virus scanning for file transfers and meeting content

Yes

Yes

128-bit SSL encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

IM / Chat

Standard and custom notifications

Yes

Yes

Phone presence

Yes

Yes

Control who views presence

Yes

Yes

Blocked or do not disturb states

Yes

Yes

Profile Management

Contact information

Yes

Yes

Launch meeting or IM from Business Care

Yes

Yes

Contact search

Yes

Yes

Profile picture

Yes

Yes

Administration

Centralized provisioning

Yes

Yes

Add users

Yes

Yes

Yes

Update users

Yes

Yes

Yes

Deactivate/Reactivate Users

Yes

Yes

Interface in multiple languages

Yes

Yes

Yes

Video

Plug-and-play USB web cam

Yes

Yes

Yes

ne click to launch

Yes

Yes

Yes

1:1 video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-way video

Yes

Yes


More Info On: Lync Online Web Conferencing


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