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November 17, 2011

SKYPE News - Blue Jeans Adds Microsoft Lync to Offering, Bringing Interoperability Between Skype and Other Video Conferencing Endpoints

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Almost one billion people across the globe will now have the opportunity to enjoy interconnected videoconferencing. This is the result of Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync being added to the Blue Jeans offering. Blue Jeans Network is one of the leaders in interoperable video conferencing services. At the soon-to-be-held Enterprise 2.0 Conference they announced that they would be demonstrating a single video conference which would allow users on Skype (News - Alert) and Microsoft Lync to connect with each other. Besides this they would also be able to connect with other video conferencing endpoints. Some of them are Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, Lifesize, Google (News - Alert) and others. The Enterprise 2.0 Conference is scheduled between November 14th and 17th and will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California.

This demo in the booth of Blue Jeans Network's at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference will be the debut of Microsoft Lync’s working abilities in public. This will be with Skype in a single video meeting. The demo is happening in only a month since Microsoft took over Skype.

Blue Jeans Network’s core specialty is cloud-based video conferencing services. This is highly advantageous to video meetings making them simple, easy to conduct and good on the company budget. This is the first video conferencing service that brings together business solutions from the likes of Cisco/Tandberg (News - Alert), Polycom, Lifesize, and even lately, Microsoft. It combines this with consumer solutions of the likes of Skype and Google. Now, anyone with Skype and PC or phone with video abilities can have a high quality video conference.

In a release,  Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of Blue Jeans Network, said, "Not only will we provide increased flexibility for our users with the addition of Microsoft Lync and OCS to the Blue Jeans Network offerings, but for the first time, nearly a billion people worldwide will have the ability to video conference with others thanks to Blue Jeans.”

Since interoperability is being offered between a number of common business and consumer platforms, Blue Jeans Network is working at creating a network of sorts for video conferencing. Blue Jeans Network is paving the way for an increased number of people to communicate easily with one another. By doing this they are expanding the scope of video communications and taking it beyond corporate boardrooms and the enterprise. It is now going to those who telecommute, those who work remotely and even to travelers, suppliers, partners and customers.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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