With Gallery View, you can have four video streams in a Lync meeting on the iPad. The update also delivers two highly requested features, both dealing with managing meeting attendees, for iPad and iPhone.
This optional feature is a button on the console that controls the display of the in-room PC screen share. If you want the screen share to display in the room, you can turn the button on; if you want to keep the screen share from displaying, turn the button off.
“With E911, you can customize your location and enable a more precise emergency response location (ERL), in addition to sharing your location with other users,” write Nikolay Muravlyannikov, a Lync program manager, and Barak Manor, a Lync product manager, in a blog post.
The latest update to the Lync Windows Store app gives meeting presenters more control over the remote attendees. It also provides a Meet Now feature that bypasses the need for scheduling a meeting and a tile for the Start screen to join or start a new Lync meeting.
A Forrester Consulting study comparing the total cost of ownership between Lync and its competition shows that once a business puts Lync 2013 into place, the break-even point for recovering the costs of doing so is 14 months, and in some cases, even faster.
February update adds the ability to toggle pictures of sender/receiver, support of high-resolution monitors, the ability to transfer files and pictures in a Persistent Chat room and the ability to toggle pictures of sender/receiver in an IM conversation.