Talking Thin Clients? Yes – Literally – Here’s What HP Has Planned for Microsoft Lync


[This post was co-authored by Jacob Mathew, Product Marketing Manager, HP Thin Clients, Commercial Solutions Business Unit]


HP and Microsoft, known for helping to drive greater capabilities to thin clients that run on Windows Embedded Operating Systems, are working together to bring the unified communications capabilities of the new Microsoft Lync to HP thin clients.


TLync.jpghat means that companies and government agencies using thin clients, who want to enable enterprise grade audio or video using the new Lync, will be able to do so. 


While details remain under wraps, it is expected that thin client and virtual desktop infrastructure users will be able to get the features of Microsoft Lync, Microsoft’s enterprise grade Unified Communication platform including Lync IM, presence, conferencing and enterprise voice and video, and integration with Office products like SharePoint and Exchange.  


Even more exciting, physical IP phones are not required. With the new Lync over HP thin clients, users will be able to make use of their USB-connected Lync qualified audio and video devices. This is based on a Microsoft solution that redirects voice, video or web conferencing traffic to the thin client instead of sending that traffic to the virtualized desktop. That also means that HP thin clients work with Lync to help lower bandwidth consumption and more effective VDI server scalability.  


HP thin clients support Windows Embedded Standard 7, and we recently announced they also now support touch capability with WS7p. HP was recently named the Microsoft Communications Market Acceleration Partner of the Year 2012.

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