ViVu HD Video Service for Microsoft Lync Debuts

ViVu offers inexpensive, high-definition video teleconferencing services meant to enhance Microsoft's Office Communications Server and its successor, Lync.

 By Stuart J. Johnston
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ViVu, a Silicon Valley startup with a high-definition (HD) solution for handling multiparty video conferencing over Skype, announced Wednesday that it is nearing release of VuRoom Multiparty Videoconferencing for Microsoft Lync, Microsoft's Lync 2010 unified communications product, launched last week.

Cupertino, Calif.-based ViVusells both an inexpensive video telepresence solution, called VuRoom, and VuCast, a large-scale webcasting service -- both available on a subscription basis.

"VuRoom [for Skype] sits on Skype and turns it into a video conferencing system," Sudha Valluru, CEO of ViVu, told InternetNews.com. "Customers told us they wanted the same for Lync," Valluru added.

The service supports up to eight participants, and can be deployed as an on-site hosted service or on ViVu's own in-house servers.

"VuRoom for Lync provides low-latency desktop sharing with HD resolution and color fidelity, and onscreen file sharing that displays PowerPoint animations quickly and accurately," according to a ViVu statement.

Among the advantages of VuRoom for Lync are that it doesn't require any software installation on the clients, or any additional special hardware.

"[Additionally,] unlike Lync video conferencing, where only the active speaker is visible on video, VuRoom displays the videos of all attendees simultaneously for a richer video conference experience that conveys visual information from listeners and speakers alike," the statement said.

Microsoft will begin shipping the newest update to the Office Communicator client application, which was recently renamed Microsoft Lync 2010along with the server, formerly named Office Communications Server and now called Lync Server 2010, on Dec. 1.

"We're bringing instant messaging and presence together with audio conferencing, video conferencing, Web conferencing, which you can just do with your PC or with a browser," Chris Capossela, senior vice president of the Microsoft Office Division, said at last week's launch of Lync.

In fact, Lync promises to be a hot seller. A recent survey of IT decision makers found that 30 percent plan to move to Lync within a year of its release.

"VuRoom supports a wide range of HD webcams and video cameras, and integrates easily with SIP-based enterprise telepresence or video conferencing equipment from Polycom, Tandberg or LifeSize to leverage existing hardware investments," ViVu's statement said.

VuRoom for Lync is currently in beta testing and is slated for release on Dec. 15, Valluru said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on Nov 24, 2010
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