I love cloud-based multipoint videoconferencing, but, you already know that.
Here is a SCOOP from Blue Jeans Network that I just got permission to post.
I was told that Blue Jeans has been interoperating Skype and Lync since 2011 (even though the press release says 2012).
No surprise there. Blue Jeans has been pushing the state-of-the-art in cloud based videoconferencing almost as long as I have (well, just a few years less….). 🙂
Blue Jeans Network First To Offer Microsoft Lync Users Ability to Share Their Desktop Content With Cisco, Polycom, and Other Mobile, Desktop, and Room-based Video Conferencing Solutions
New Capability Enhances Lync Value for More Effective Business to Business,
Business to Consumer, and Intra-company Collaboration
February 20, 2013 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Blue Jeans Network, the leader in interoperable video conferencing services, today announced the availability of bi-directional HD desktop sharing for its growing base of Microsoft Lync users.
Since Lync support was first introduced by Blue Jeans in 2012 it has become a popular option for customers looking to connect their Lync users to non-Lync users inside and outside their organization for multi-party video collaboration. This includes colleagues using Cisco or Polycom video conference rooms, as well as remote workers, partners, and customers on the many desktop or mobile video collaboration solutions already supported by Blue Jeans, including any browser, Skype, Cisco Jabber, Google Video Chat, and more.
“Tens of thousands of Lync endpoints have already participated in Blue Jeans meetings,” said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network. “Up until now these Lync users could easily join the meetings, to see and be seen, and could receive desktop content shared by other, non-Lync, devices. With this new bi-directional HD desktop sharing feature, Lync users can now also share their own desktop content, including presentations and other documents, the way they are used to, in high definition with other meeting participants.”
Blue Jeans is the first and only vendor offering this multi-party bi-directional content sharing capability between Lync users and non-Lync users without requiring any special on-premise hardware or software to buy, manage, or maintain. The Blue Jeans bi-directional HD desktop screen for Lync functionality is fully implemented in the Blue Jeans cloud and is included with every subscription.
“We use Blue Jeans in order to extend our Lync deployment to easily interoperate with our room-based systems,” according to Andy Brezinsky, Director of Engineering at Milwaukee, WI-based Corvisa Services. “In addition to across-the-board video conferencing which helps us to improve communication between employees and partners in multiple offices and multiple states, today’s announcement from Blue Jeans will also allow us to extend collaboration by leveraging Blue Jean’s desktop sharing capabilities.”
“Whether it is SMBs trying to integrate room-based video conferencing systems with Microsoft Office 365, or large enterprises looking to have Lync deployments communicate with existing Cisco or Polycom hardware, Blue Jeans acts as a simple, reliable, and scalable solution to allow businesses large and small to benefit from interoperable video conferencing without the headaches of on-premise solutions,” said Neil Setchell, CEO of ExtraTeam a Pleasanton, CA-based technology consulting firm, systems integrator, and Blue Jeans partner.
For more information or to see the new Lync functionality, please visit bluejeans.com/microsoft-lync. To schedule an in-person demonstration at the Lync Conference 2013 on February 20-21 in San Diego, CA, please email email@example.com.
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company@BlueJeansNet.
Ah yes, I remember it well. I remember the day when I had to order an ISDN line at home (remember 2B+D?) to attend a videoconference from home (hey…I practice not just preach telecommuting!).
Then, what seems like a short time later (and after ATM and Token Ring fell by the wayside…) we set-up pretty close to the first (Dr. Bob and Tim Poe were right there with us) H.323 videoconferencing network (which grew to be the largest IP-based video conferencing network in the world for a time, at ESnet). THAT was FUN! We played with (yes, technology is FUN!) gatekeepers, QCIF (the old timers know) MCU’s, newly developed numbering plans, evolving H.323 endpoints, and Clint and I running it all with military precision. Yeah right…
The picture to the left shows the old way…our way.
The very expensive MCU, Gatekeeper and H.323 endpoints (I left out a Gateway to ISDN…since well, ISDN is dead) required Clint and I to keep it all running, configured, etc etc. Some companies have a whole team of people. Lots of money invested, and you have to have a beefy Internet / Intranet to boot. More money.
BUT…the results were ground-breaking-ly awesome (for the time).
Again time passed all too swiftly, and now people are talking about the “cloud” (just another name for the Internet), your damn cell phones can do video conferencing, and now one company, BlueJeans Network, tells us that they are doing “video conferencing via the cloud”.
Hmmmm, so now, Clint and I are gone (actually, we are!) replaced by a company out there on the Internet with a bunch of Clints and Mikes taking care of some amorphous infrastructure cloud that connects all these cell phones, Skype, the old H.323 stuff, and telepresence fancy dancy rooms together easy as 3.14???!!!
FREAKIN AWESOME! Except for the fact Clint and I are out of jobs…..hmmmm..
Note: I actually tested BlueJeans when they were asking for help. I referred them to several of MY old customers so they could put BlueJeans through it’s paces, where I could not (being a starving blogger and coworking location owner.).
Now BlueJeans has been released and open to anyone. Go here to see the cost.
Imagine: Small businesses, independents, freelancers, can now have the same video conferencing capabilities that only the huge companies could afford only a few short years ago. And, to me, best of all, your GrandMa or brother in the Navy can connect to you at your H.323 conference room at work via Skype from the ship or porch.
Here is a sweet video that explains the BlueJeans Network concept:
For the ten billionth time, I repeat: Video conferencing ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYONE.
If you have to drive to participate in a video conference…that is, hmmm, s-t-u-p-i-d….DUH.
BlueJeans rocks! I wish them the best!