San Marcos, Tex. to Host Ford AV Innovate Showcase in October

August 15, 2019

Innovate Showcase is a free, one-day event that will be held at Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel Spa & Conference Center in San Marcos, Tex on Oct. 3, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to experience the latest in AV technology and learn how to best leverage it to improve the […]

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New Huddle Room Collaboration Product to be Launched at InfoComm 2018

April 21, 2018

LAS VEGAS and RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF., APRIL 23, 2018— Huddle Rooms and Collaboration are some of the hottest buzzwords in AV, and AVPhenom will be introducing a new Collaboration Product at Infocomm 2018. Over the last few years, huddle room and collaboration products like wireless screen sharing technologies have been some of the hottest new […]

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ClearOne CONVERGE Pro 2 Series Now Supports Built-In Skype for Business

February 7, 2018

Skype for Business has been available on ClearOne‘s COLLABORATE Pro product line and a new update adds it to the CONVERGE Pro 2 48V, 128V and 128VD DSP Mixers. The announcement was made at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam in Stand #1-N120 of the RAI Exhibition Centre. Skype for Business in CONVERGE Pro 2 VoIP units is available through a free upgrade for […]

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TrueConf Announces Skype for Business Interoperability

January 25, 2018

TrueConf has announced an integration with Microsoft’s Skype for Business through its latest offering, TrueConf Server v. 4.3.9. The integration adds interoperability for TrueConf and Skype for Business users, including audio, video and instant messaging functionality. TrueConf and Skype for Business users can easily participate in joint video calls and conferences, as well as invite legacy room endpoints. TrueConf […]

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Pexip Infinity Fusion Becomes Certified for Microsoft Skype

August 1, 2017

Pexip announced its Infinity Fusion product was certified by Microsoft as a video interoperability solution for Skype for Business Server today. Pexip Infinity Fusion allows Skype for Business meetings and calls to be joined by non-Skype users using video teleconferencing. Pexip collaborated with Microsoft in the certification of the latest version of Infinity Fusion, which features a gateway mode allowing VTCs to […]

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Crestron Partners With Microsoft New Skype for Business Meeting Room Solution

September 27, 2016

Crestron today announced it has partnered with Microsoft to create Crestron’s Skype Room System, which brings an HD audio video experience to small and midsize meeting rooms and spaces, as well as conference rooms. Work like you’re in one place; quickly and easily join meetings, make phone calls, instantly share content in room and remotely. […]

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Determine the Need, First

August 2, 2016

A couple of time I have written on the use of video conferencing in higher ed. At my institution it has grown exponentially. Last year we supported over 200 individual videoconferencing “events.” Many of these were job interviews, done in blocks. So, while I don’t have an exact number, it is likely that we had […]

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Pexip Intros New Fusion Technology for Microsoft Skype for Business and Lync with Infinity 11

December 2, 2015

Pexip today announced that the next version of its Infinity platform will include new Pexip Fusion technology. Pexip Fusion claims to simplify the user experience for Microsoft Skype for Business or Lync users when they join meetings that include standards-based SIP or H.323 videoconferencing users, providing unmatched and fully native user experiences for meetings that span traditional technology silos. Pexip Fusion is activated […]

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An Evening with Polycom — On Software and Experience

August 12, 2015

Last week my fellow consultants and I were invited to an event at conferencing stalwart Polycom’s New York City experience center. It’s a pretty and shiny new spot at One Penn Plaza, with a nice river view outside and their technological toys inside. For me the more interesting part isn’t the specifics of a single […]

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Extron Takes Aim at Vaddio and ClearOne With New MediaPort 200 AV to USB Box

July 30, 2015

Extron is launching into a completely new market category with their new MediaPort 200, an HDMI (and audio) to USB bridge for integrating pro AV sources or systems with software codec conferencing applications. The cool thing about this product is it will give integrators a way to make money integrating consumer videoconferencing products and apps […]

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Sennheiser Makes All USB Headsets on Lync 2013 Certified for Skype for Business

March 17, 2015

Sennheiser says that its headsets and speakerphones that are qualified on Lync 2013 are also Certified for Skype for Business. This certification means that Sennheiser products enable Skype for Business users to communicate in the most effective way, wherever they are, with plug-and play simplicity, proven compatibility  and high-quality audio. The combination of Skype for […]

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The New Future of Collaboration — Skype for Business

December 2, 2014

In a recent Twitter conversation, the Microsoft Lync handle @msftLync was tagged, and after a few back and forth messages with others, I received this: @Cbmoss We recommend reading our blog for additional information. Stay tuned for #Skype4B updates. And with this, I decided to write an article about Skype for business. When Skype entered the […]

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Audinate Announces Dante Via

June 18, 2014

Audinate’s new software application, Dante Via, has made its debut at InfoComm 2014. Dante Via transforms Macs and PCs into networked I/O devices. With Dante Via, you can now build a complete, standalone audio system of networked PCs without the need for any dedicated Dante-enabled hardware to be present on the network. Any computer instantly […]

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Microsoft CMO for a Day: What I Would Have in the Booth at InfoComm14

June 5, 2014

I wrote another blog about Microsoft and InfoComm that asked whether Microsoft’s presence really signaled that AV/IT convergence was finally here.  The comments and Twitter discussion quickly turned to speculation about what Microsoft may actually be showing on the show floor. The consensus there was that we all expect to see Lync, Skype (perhaps with […]

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Microsoft and Skype – A Match Made for Lync

July 12, 2013

If you’ve ever met someone on Facebook who you’ve wanted to carry on an extended friendship with, the possibility of a “Skype” chat is likely to arise in conversation. Upon agreement, each party simply downloads the application on their PC or mobile device, one sends a connect request to the other, and in minutes they’re […]

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July 4, 2013

We have all felt that tension that builds when a big event is happening, and your AV is the star of the show. Have you done enough to make sure it does not fail? There is a pit in the knot of your stomach when it is high stakes, like a board meeting, or other […]

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Will Skype-Embedded LCD HDTVs Have An Impact on the VTC Market?

February 22, 2010

Did you know that Skype embedded HDTVs are a few months away from shipping?  Skype has signed a deal with LG and Panasonic to integrate their videoconferencing technology into future HDTVs.  Skype’s service integrated into the LCDs would allow for free video calls with other Skype users – and may even be compatible with 3rd […]

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Skype-Embedded LCD TVs

February 15, 2010

Skype has signed a deal with LG and Panasonic to integrate their videoconferencing technology into future HDTVs.  Skype’s service integrated into the LCDs would allow for free video calls with other Skype users – and may even be compatible with 3rd party videoconferencing services like those from Polycom and Cisco – in addition to Apple’s […]

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