At the Microsoft Lync launch in November, we introduced more than 70 new devices including IP phones and USB peripherals to the market.  We previewed new video end points and announced interoperability with several industry standard telepresence systems, video end points, and conferencing platforms.  We also introduced the Compatible Device Program to offer SIP phones that are interoperable with Lync and don’t require gateways. That was only the beginning!

As we look forward to Enterprise Connect 2011, we’ll be excited to see more devices are on the way. Here are some device partner highlights from the show that we would like to share in advance of the event:

Audio Device Solutions for Lync at Enterprise Connect 2011

Aastra – See the new 6721ip and 6725ip phones Optimized for Microsoft  Lync at the Aastra booth adjacent to Microsoft’s booth. There you will see a live demonstration and can register to win a 6725ip phone.  Aastra will be giving away 2 6725ip phones per day.
Visit the Aastra booth #917

ClearOne – Watch demonstrations of ClearOne’s Unified Communications Optimized for Microsoft  Lync products through booth-to-booth demonstrations with Microsoft.
Visit the ClearOne booth #631

Jabra – Enter for an opportunity to win SPEAK with Lync—available to the first 150 qualified customers.   Winning entries will receive a Jabra SPEAK 410 speaker phone that is Optimized for Microsoft  Lync.  Contact speakforlync@jabra.com for more information.
Visit the Jabra booth #1323

Plantronics – Witness the unveiling of new Unified Communications devices, enhanced tools like the Plantronics UC Toolkit, and additional resources. Plantronics is also offering a special promotion through April 30th, 2011—for every five Blackwire 420 headsets purchased through a Plantronics reseller, customers will receive a next generation Voyager PRO UC headset FREE. 
Visit the Plantronics booth #1229

Snom Technology, AG – Stop by the Strom Technology, AG booth to see their phones tested for compatibility with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.  Snom will demonstrate audio and web conferencing through booth-to-booth connectivity with Microsoft’s booth.
Visit the snom Technology AG booth #637

Lync Video Solutions at Enterprise Connect 2011

Expanding Lync’s reach to offer a complete video experience from the desktop to the meeting room Polycom and Radvision will be debuting new video solutions that are interoperable with Lync. Polycom and Radvision, along with Lifesize, are participants in the beta phase of Microsoft’s new video interoperability program.

This new program is designed to help partners bring premium video experiences to the market for Microsoft Lync.  Microsoft is working  with partners to help them build solutions that interoperate with Lync and to build video end points that will bring the best experience to customers.  More information about the program will be available once we move out of the beta stage and have qualified solutions in market.

Polycom –At Enterprise Connect we renew our commitment to our partner ecosystem and to our customer by continuing to deliver innovative solutions that enrich the customer experience and support our system integrator deployments. Stop by the Polycom booth to see Polycom’s audio and video solutions working with Lync.
Visit the Polycom booth #617

Radvision – Visit the Radvision booth to see the new SCOPIA Unified Communications (UC) Gateway for Microsoft Lync with booth-to-booth demonstrations with Microsoft. Watch for additional announcements!
Visit the Radvision booth #311

Maura Hameroff