Conversation translation in real-time with Microsoft Lync

A really cool feature in Lync Client 2010 is the conversation translator. It uses Bing with Silverlight, and lets you chat with someone using a language you don´t master. It translates the conversation in real-time!

In the mean time, read this great blog post which explains how to enable the feature:
http://ocsguy.com/2011/02/17/lync-client-conversation-translator

The translation function uses the Microsoft.Lync.Model.Conversation namespace from the Lync Model API to intercept instant messages and provide translation using Bing Web Services.
Features include:

  • The sample provides an example architecture for registering for and handling asynchronous Lync 2010 API events in Silverlight.
  • Register for two Conversation related events: ParticipantAdded and InstantMessageReceived.
  • Use the BeginSendMessage method and callback.
  • Uses the Bing Translator Web Service.

More information at msdn

Conferencing interoperability issues in Microsoft Lync Server 2010

This information is directly from Technet and needs to be carefully considered when planning for a migration from Office Communications Server to Lync Server 2010. Remember to set end user expectations right from the beginning.

Compatibility Among Meeting Types and Client Versions

It is important to be aware of some conferencing interoperability issues in Lync Server 2010. If you are going to have Lync Server 2010 interoperate with previous versions of Office Communications Server and its clients, you must be aware of the following issues:

  • Users using Lync 2010 cannot schedule Live Meeting online conferences, or modify any migrated meetings of this type.
  • Users using Lync 2010 who need to attend Live Meeting online conferences hosted on servers running Office Communications Server 2007 R2 must have the Live Meeting client installed on their computer (in addition to Lync 2010) to attend these meetings.
  • When Live Meeting online conferences are migrated to Lync Server 2010, meeting content does not migrate. If this content is needed, it must be uploaded again.
  • Users who are migrated from previous versions of Office Communications Server to Lync Server 2010 and who use Lync 2010 will receive a new assigned dial-in conference ID the first time they schedule an assigned dial-in conference meeting. They can use this new assigned dial-in conference ID to both schedule and attend meetings. The old ID will continue to work for previously scheduled meetings, but newly scheduled meetings are assigned the new ID.
  • Users in federated organizations who are using Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 or Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 clients cannot join Lync Server 2010 meetings in your organization unless the admission type for the meeting is set to Everyone. Federated users cannot join closed (company and invitation-only participants) meetings or meetings locked by the organizer, unless they use a Lync 2010 client.

Have a look at my blog post containing links to videos from teched Berlin, there´s some great movies on the topic of migration and co existence.

Deployment upgrade and co-existance with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Updated Microsoft Lync Server 2010 planning tool

“What’s New in the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2010?

  • You can select virtualized server roles for your topology.
  • The Planning Tool offers more granular capacity guidance than in earlier releases.
  • You can customize individual branch site information.
  • The topology pages display site information, such as number of users and number of enabled users for various modalities.
  • The Planning Tool invites you to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), helping make the planning tool better.
  • You can view your edge network diagram and enter FQDNs and IP addresses and view the certificates, DNS settings, and firewall settings for your edge network in the central sites when using DNS Load Balancing or Hardware Load Balancing for Edge Servers. You can also import this information to Topology Builder. You can also export the diagram and the data to the Microsoft Visio drawing and diagramming software.
  • You can export your topology file to Topology Builder for a faster, easier Lync Server setup experience.
  • You can export the global topology, with its corresponding branch sites, as well as the number of concurrent calls connecting each central site, to the PSTN into Visio. The Visio output contains improved drawings for each of the site topologies.
  • The Planning Tool exports a list of the hardware for all sites, including branch sites, to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.
  • The Planning Tool accommodates more supported topologies for Enterprise Voice and dial-in conferencing.
  • Navigation between topologies and server information has been improved.
  • You can resize or maximize the Planning Tool window to better accommodate your screen resolution.
  • The Planning Tool provides a menu bar and a toolbar for available actions.
  • The Planning Tool incorporates new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features and topology recommendations.
  • Users are now evenly distributed among the Front End pools”

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Here´s a nice blog post from the The Three UC Amigos, with some screenshots and further explanations on Lync Planning Tool RTM

Go mobile with Microsoft developed Lync for iPhone

Microsoft-developed Lync clients will be available for Windows Phone 7 and iPhone, jointly developed clients will be available for Nokia phones, and partner-developed clients will be available for other smartphone platforms.

http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/UserInterfaces/Pages/lync-2010-mobile.aspx

Why work doesn’t happen at work

For all of you with experience from working in an office and having a manager, this TED talk will be of great interest!

Jason Fried is a believer in the mindset “It’s simple until you make it complicated”. The way he argues for his ideas on how to solve the problem with meeting & managers goes hand in hand with his mindset. Managers and meetings districts you too much so that you become less productive

Fried talks about  how weird it that many employees are most productive in trains, cafes, at home, but not in the office

Fried gives us three pieces of advice:

  • Cancel you meeting and notice that work will still happen
  • No-talk Thursdays. “quiet time” prohibiting coworkers from talking
  • Replacing active communication, like conversation, with passive forms such as email
  • Cancel your meetings. Things will still get done

I find it interesting that Fried is a big fan of e-mail when the trend in general is to use more IM and less e-mail.

Microsoft releases significant updates for Live Meeting client…better late than never

I found it a bit interesting when the OCS Debug/Code Escalation Scenarios blog posted this on November 23:

“However we generally recommend using Automatic detection, are there some limitations with using Automatic Configuration in your organization, that you all can help identify ?”

Request for comments: Does your Live Meeting Console use explicitly specified Internal and External Server name (or IP Address) in User Accounts->Adavanced Connection Settings, if so Why ?

So why do I find this interesting? Well it can hardly be something that have come to the attention of the product team recently…maybe it has been on the bottom on their to-do list?  It’s great that they have asked for feedback and released a new Live Meeting 2007 client. Here’s the news in the update package for the Windows-based Live Meeting 2007 client: November 2010

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2433231

This update package fixes the following issues:

  • 2432127 You cannot join conference calls by using the Live Meeting 2007 console when only the A records are configured and not the SRV records
  • 2432132 The text in some shapes of a slide cannot be displayed after you upload a PowerPoint 2003 presentation to a Live Meeting in Office Live Meeting 2007
  • 2432137 PowerPoint slides are not recorded when you record a Live Meeting that has a PowerPoint presentation uploaded in Office Living Meeting 2007
  • 2432119 A user from one company cannot use an Office Live Meeting 2007 console to join a Live Meeting that is organized by another company
  • 2432112 A live meeting may continue when a presenter exits the meeting by clicking the close button (X) in the Live Meeting 2007 console window

Well I’ll throw Live Meeting 2007 in the thrash when Lync Online launches 🙂

Live Meeting is ok but Lync is just so much better!

Microsoft Lync videos/podcasts/PPTs from teched Berlin 2010

Check out the Lync videos from Microsoft teched Europe 2010. Also available as podcasts and PPT slides. Enjoy!

MICROSOFT LYNC 2010 TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED

ADVANCED SIP-BASED SOLUTIONS BUILT ON THE MICROSOFT UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS …

THE NEW MICROSOFT LYNC 2010 SDK: INTEGRATING, EXTENDING AND ADDING CONTEXTUAL …

CONFERENCING WITH LYNC SERVER 2010: WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S BEHIND THE SCENES

MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010 : VOICE DEPLOYMENT

MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010 : VOICE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING FOR HIGH …

MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010 : MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND DELEGATION

DEPLOYMENT, UPGRADE AND CO-EXISTENCE SCENARIOS WITH MICROSOFT LYNC SERVER 2010

DEPLOYING LYNC SERVER 2010 AS A PRIMARY TELEPHONY SOLUTION