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Video Content Management for Lync and Why You Should Care

I have been thinking a lot lately about what I could do for a new series of blog posts. It seems most Lync topics get covered very quickly by my fellow Lync MVPs out there. One area that hasn’t seen a lot of coverage is Video Content Management (VCM) solutions for Lync. Lync gives us this great ability to hold awesome collaborative experiences and includes features to allow us to record all aspects of the Lync meeting. However what...

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Surface Bag Review – STM Velo 2 (Small)

As a frequent traveler, I’m a big fan of my Surface Pro. I use it exclusively as my travel computer, tablet, and Lync voice endpoint. Since acquiring it, I’ve been looking for the perfect bag for my needs. My colleague, Jeff Schertz, purchased a bag design specifically for Surface a while back and I tried the same bag. It was perfect for my Surface Pro as it was built specifically for the device. It also seemed to be well built and was...

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Lync Conference 2014 Wrap Up

I have to say this year’s Lync Conference seems to have been a huge success! Lots of sessions, lots of networking, and lots of education on the present and future of Lync. I personally wasn’t able to attend a lot of sessions due to customer meetings, booth duty, and my own presentation, but I did hear great things about several of them. Like many of you, I will be downloading the recordings from MyLync to watch later. Below are a few...

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Lync Conference 2014 Countdown

Lync Conference 2014 is just a few days away and I’m pumped for what this year’s conference is going to bring. If you are looking to better understand Lync video capabilities as well as video solutions available for Lync today, I highly recommend you check out the below sessions presented by myself and fellow MVPs Adam Jacobs and Jeff Schertz (Yes that was just a shameless plug for our sessions). Polycom is also planning to show some...

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October 2013 DFW Microsoft UC Users Group – Room Based Video with Lync 2013

The DFW UC Users Group will host it’s monthly meeting on October 30th, at 6:00 pm. This month we will be discussing room based video solutions for Lync 2013. Discussions will include: - Integrating traditional room systems with Lync 2013 (Cisco, Polycom, etc) - Lync Room System   This’s month’s meeting is being sponsored by Crestron. We will have a Crestron Lync Room System to demo during the meeting.  Please RSVP if you...

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Renewed MVP Award for 2013

I received the notification email this morning (as did many of my peers in the Lync community) that I had received the Microsoft MVP award for another year. This will be my 7th year as a MVP, and my 6th as an OCS/Lync MVP (Bonus points if you can guess what category I originally won my MVP award). I had some time to reflect during a flight today and realized how much has changed in my life and career since that first MVP award. I’ve also...

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Lync Saturday 81 Days and Counting..

The first ever Lync Saturday event is coming to Dallas, Texas in October. If you’re not sure what Lync Saturday is, I would recommend checking out the website, or better yet check out some of the other successful product events such as SQL Saturday or SharePoint Saturday.  If you’re looking for a fun Saturday of education around Microsoft UC, I highly recommend attending. This event is free and we plan on giving away some great...

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