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SMART Meeting Pro adds Freestorm collaboration for Microsoft Lync users

If your business uses Office 2010 Professional Plus you’re probably aware of Microsoft Lync. This new piece of software, a combination of the old Office Navigator and Messenger tools, provides businesses with a computer-based unified communications system, which can now also interact with SMART boards through a SMART Meeting Pro connector, offering excellent Freestorm collaboration opportunities.

For businesses whose use of Office requires them to purchase the multiple licence version Professional Plus, Lync is an interesting and useful addition. It brings together instant messaging, VoiP telephony, video conferencing and data sharing in one simple interface. It’s fully integrated with the rest of the Office suite, allowing users to see instantly which of their contacts are online directly from any Office programme and then share data or communicate at the touch of a button. The downside, though, is that while applications and documents can be viewed by many people at the same time, until now it’s not been possible to properly collaborate.

That has changed with the release of SMART Meeting Pro connector for Lync. The connector software brings all the benefits of SMART Board collaboration to Microsoft Lync users by integrating SMART Meeting Pro with the Lync interface. Now whether people are in the room viewing the SMART Board or working remotely and connecting via the Lync interface, the tools of the SMART Board are available to all.

Using SMART Meeting Pro with Lync is simple. Once set up, the two pieces of software start automatically and users can see who is online and start communicating, sharing data and collaborating in less than 60 seconds. Because Lync unifies communications devices, users can talk using the VoiP connection, see each other over web cameras, share documents and use all the SMART Ink tools to work together. Rather than just viewing documents, users can now highlight information, write over documents and applications, save the session and distribute it by email straight away – all from their computer.

This video demonstrates how SMART Meeting Pro and Lync work together – and if you already use SMART products and Microsoft Lync and would like to know how you can combine them using the SMART Meeting Pro connector, give us a call today on 0118 336 0010. You can also find out more in this guide to collaborating with the SMART Meeting Pro Connector for Microsoft Lync.

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