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Join Legacy Video Gear to Skype for Business Online Meetings, Now!

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

West UC rolls out video transcoding service that allows one-click integration of legacy video endpoints into Skype for Business meetings.

Microsoft wants enterprises to build next-generation meeting rooms that rely on Skype for Business Online services even as they take advantage of legacy video endpoints. This we learned last week at Ignite, with the preview of Polycom RealConnect Service for Office365, a cloud service that, like its preexisting premises-based counterpart, will provide a one-click approach for supporting non-native video conferencing systems from other vendors in a Skype for Business meeting (see related No Jitter post, "Showtime for Skype for Business Online").

This week, another Microsoft Skype for Business partner, West Unified Communications Services, is hoping to help Microsoft achieve that goal, too -- vying for a first-mover advantage with a video transcoding gateway service now available globally. The new service, called Video Meeting Gateway (VMG), drops the barriers to integrating legacy video assets into Skype for Business Online meetings by providing seamless connectivity for H.323/SIP endpoints.

VMG reflects a deepening of the longtime strategic alignment between West UC and video collaboration company Yorktel, said Jon Bratsis, VP of product management at West UC, in an interview about the new service. VMG matches up Yorktel's video infrastructure expertise with West UC's understanding of the intelligent mapping and logic required to integrate into the Office 365 platform -- knowledge it has from doing so with its InterCall audio conferencing environments, he explained.

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