- Memory leak occurs during a video call or when you rest the mouse pointer on a video icon in Lync 2013
Here is my initial experience with Blync busylight:
Install quite simple: unzip .msi, run and click next 3 times.
If you try to run the tray config app before everything is happy (I had the unit plugged in, but it took a bit till everything initialized) you will get the following informative message as it did:
After installation you will have a tray app
The configuration screen
Lights seem to have 4 colors:
Bottom 3 rubber feet and standard USB cable
Designed in Australia, Made in China
Blync busy light is made in China like just about everything in its price range. What does this mean for build quality? @kevinwbird and others have noted that Blync has done some hardware revisions over the past few months that have improved areas such as USB mount.
Software Development Kit (SDK) click here
See Blync UCWA Remote Presence tool demo’d at LyncConf14
BLync brings very visible presence indication and “on call” status to those who enter a workspace and at the same time alerts the Lync user to incoming phone and IM calls. Blync, in my opinion, is a nice and professional looking design aesthetically and for only $39USD you can hardly go wrong in ROI in making Lync users even more productive.
Below is my very quick update on what’s new in the next (April 2014) Windows 8.1 Update:
Microsoft continues to improve Metro/Modern vs desktop experience
Audiocodes has been working at the Lync firmware for their new 4xxHD Series of IP phones. In September 2013 the entry level 420HD phone achieved Lync Qualified status. (see my review here)
I was interested to see the progress Audiocodes was making on their Lync line up, especially the high end 440HD model (which sports a unique button plus LCD arrangement) and their Better Together over Ethernet functionality. Recently at Lync Conference 2014 Alan Percy and Ran Inbar gave me a short tour of what Audiocodes has in store for the future.
Below is video demo with Audiocodes CTO Ran Inbar:
Audiocodes implementation of BToE will not require the controlling PC to be physically plugged into the Audiocodes 4xxHD phones’ switch. (snom UC Editon does not either, Polycom VVX does) It was noted that the IP phone will generate a unique Pin code that will be used initially to pair the phone and PC.
BToE on Audiocodes is slated to support
Will not support video calls with phone providing audio portion of call.
The clever DESI-less buttons on the 440HD will be assigned by adding a Lync contact to a Lync contact list. It was indicated to me that the contacts will be listed in alphabetical order like in the Lync client itself. If a user sets up a user definable button from the 440HD phone itself, the button will be added to the Lync client contact list as well.
As you can see in the photo above the buttons are tri-color LED (red, green, blue) lit and correspond roughly to Lync presence colors. The mono LCD is backlit and at this time seems to show the contact name.
In a move that is not common with other vendors, Audiocodes plans to have white and black versions of the Audiocodes 4xxHD to accommodate different scenarios.
(Below you can see that the white version means that BLF button light up as a whole compared to black version)
It appears that there will be two different SKU fors the Audiocodes 4XXHD series:
Other options will be white/black or power supply/non.
My Review of Audiocode UC420HD (Lync Features) click here