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Vidyo Connects Microsoft Lync with Google+ Hangouts

August 04, 2014

Vidyo (News - Alert), Inc., provider of video conferencing technology, plans to add Microsoft Lync support to its VidyoH2O for the Google (News - Alert)+ Hangouts subscription service. The company introduced VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts earlier this year.

According to the company, the updated solution will connect Google+ Hangouts with Lync directly from the native client. Vidyo plans to release Lync support by November 2014.

“We have received global interest in VidyoH2O from enterprise customers, including some of the largest, most admired brands in the world and key vertical markets like financial services and education,” said Ofer Shapiro (News - Alert), Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder. “Enterprises today have multi-vendor video communication solutions and investment protection is key. We are pleased to extend this support to both our on-premise and hosted offerings.”

VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts reportedly enables subscribers to invite people to join a Hangout from any H.323 or SIP-capable video conferencing system, or dial in from any phone with PBX (News - Alert) integration. The company says there is no equipment to buy, and subscribers do not per-minute charges.

According to Vidyo, VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts also offers security benefits for its subscribers, including IP address filtering modes for access control, as well as built-in security management such as SSL certificates, private key management, NAT and firewall traversal, and HTTPS.

Businesses use Google Hangouts to connect with people — the service enables video conferencing and screen sharing with as many as 15 colleagues or clients from a laptop, mobile device or tablet. For businesses already using Google Apps for Business, it enables users to collaborate on a file in Google Drive.

If it’s a conversation that you’d like a larger audience to see, you can save the recorded Hangout on YouTube (News - Alert). That’s a big advantage if a business wants to reach out to more people than can make it to the live event.

"Lots of different businesses and consumers use Hangouts," says Gretchen Howard, global director of social solutions at Google. "It's technology, but it's not scary." 

Edited by Adam Brandt

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