Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

January 26, 2015 by · 56 Comments 

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business (SfB) was analyzed and explained in an effort to clarify […]

Video Temporal Scaling Behavior in Lync 2013

May 27, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

This article is a continuation on a series of articles dedicated to the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) video codec implementation utilized by Lync 2013.  Previous article introduced the standards-based codec and the possibilities it contains based on the defined specifications.  Additional articles, like this one, take a closer look at how the actual implementation […]

Planning for Video in Lync

May 9, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Microsoft has recently posted all recorded sessions from the 2014 Lync Conference to the Channel 9 events page on MSDN.  Among these are a pair of sessions I presented this year on the topic of planning for and understanding the impact of video traffic on your network. Video – What in the World are You […]

Media Codecs in Lync 2013

March 31, 2014 by · 24 Comments 

The original intent of this article was to review the current list of supported audio and video codecs in Lync 2013 and attempt to explain what each one is used for given that the list has grown quite a bit over time. But due to the latest announcements around Lync and Skype integration it seems […]

Lync Conference 2014 Summary

March 14, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

After getting a few weeks to decompress from Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas here is some feedback on numerous topics which followers of this blog may find interesting.  Some of the information is related to recent product announcements while other items dive deeper into information uncovered from discussions with members of the Microsoft Lync […]

Understanding Lync Video Quality Reports

June 25, 2013 by · 17 Comments 

In any Lync Server environment, be it in a test lab or a production deployment, the Monitoring Server role and its accompanying reports should be considered a key component.  With improvements in Lync 2013 this role is even easier to deploy than in past versions, providing for a wide array of data captured by endpoints […]

HD Video in Lync 2013

May 29, 2013 by · 58 Comments 

In Office Communications Server 2007 and Lync Server 2010 the usage of high definition video was straightforward.  The Real-Time Video (RTV) codec used primarily throughout those client and server versions provides for only a single HD resolution at 720p and was utilized in very specific scenarios, as documented in this previous article. But with the […]

Video Interoperability in Lync 2013

July 23, 2012 by · 97 Comments 

The covers have been removed from Lync ‘Wave 15’ and the general public is now privy to download and install a preview version of Lync Server 2013.  This presents the opportunity to finally discuss a topic which has been broadly misunderstood for quite some time throughout the industry: what does “H.264 AVC/SVC” support mean exactly […]