In this time of technology, people of corporate and business world prefer their meetings and conferences online instead of getting together at one place. Why? It saves them a lot of time and a lot of money. With time, web based conferencing services are getting better and reliable. These days among the many web-based conferencing services available, the two considered to be top are Lync Conferencing and Cisco WebEx.
War between Lync and Cisco is on for quite some time now. Both Lync & Webex, more or less provides the same functionalities ranging from one-on-one desktop screen sharing to group video chats to large-scale presentations such as Webinars or “virtual conferences”, but each have a different style and approach.
Lets see how Lync 2013 has improved from its earlier version and what features it contains which are better than those in WebEx.
Microsoft enhanced its portfolio with a high peak by introducing Skype (pretty famous free communication application) as a part of Lync 2013. Lync was in tight integration with Windows Live Messenger earlier but now that place has been taken over by Skype. With its help Lync now provides presence, IM and voice capabilities. Lync 2013 has come up with very improved video features, by including face detection and smart framing. Conference video pixels have shoot up to HD quality. Not only this, it provides four different meeting layouts.
- Gallery View: All parties are shown whether in video or picture form
- Speaker View: Only the presenter and its content is shown
- Presentation View: Only meeting content is made visible
- Compact View: Just the sound and control buttons
Video pinning and video spotlight features are very useful features added to the list. A very intelligent feature added is that when a user is about to share, Lync gives him a presenting presence status and blocks all incoming traffic. This way user is not interrupted. The Lync 2013 now supports audio and video in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment
WebEx was the one ruling the market till Lync 2013 showed up with its blings. Now people are more turned towards Lync, because even though WebEx is top notch but as we know – it all comes down to feature verses price combination, which in this case is comparatively expensive for smaller companies with limited staff. Whereas Lync offers a more reasonable and affordable price structure.
Hence, considering the new features provided in Lync 2013 within a good price package, Lync takes the first place on our score board.