Logitech Smartdock now Supports Dual Monitor

Exciting news for the Logitech Smartdock: The new update, version 3, for the Skype Room System includes dual monitor support and themes. We’ve been having a little play with it today, and its all pretty impressive. Obviously in a meeting room situation you would have two same-size screens alongside each other. The dual monitors mean the users can see and communicate with all meeting participants on one screen, whilst sharing content and collaborating on the second screen.     This is a great new feature, which updates automatically as part of the windows...

Which Blynclight is right for you?

  With the Blynclights becoming more and more popular a question I often get asked is ‘What is the difference between the three models?’ So I thought I do a quick guide to show you what features each have to help you make an informed decision on which one is right for you. All Blynclights are designed to let your colleagues know when you’re on a call, busy with a deadline or available to chat. They do this by syncing with Skype for Business to show your status by changing to colour: i.e. green for available, red for busy etc. All three models have the following features: Sync your status with Skype for Business/Lync, Cisco Jabber for Windows, Skype Flashes on Incoming Calls Flashes on Incoming Instant Messages Adjustable Brightness Control The Blync Standard and the Blync Plus are very much designed for the cubical worker. The lights are large and square (45mm x 45mm x 60mm), designed to sit on a partition wall and be very visible in a large office environment. The Blync Plus has all the features of the Standard and also includes a ringer that can be configured for audio alerts: As well as flashing, it rings on incoming calls and peeps on incoming Instant Messages. There is volume control and you can select from 10 MP3 ringtones. The Blynclight Mini is a lot smaller (65mm x 14mm x 11mm). It’s designed for the non-cubical work environment. It mounts easily on to a laptop or monitor and provides all the features of the Blynclight Plus. Ok so which one is right for you? There are basically two questions you need to...

Magewell USB Capture HDMI Review

What is the Magewell USB Capture HDMI? In simple terms the device converts a HDMI stream into a USB input stream. This is particularly useful if, for example, you wanted to show video in a Skype for Business video call. As the Skype for Business client only picks up webcams and other USB devices this wouldn’t normally be possible. This device can be used to connect you to another laptop streaming the video, converting it to USB. Skype for Business then sees it as another camera therefore allowing it to be used in video calls. I will show how this works in more detail soon. First lets look at the actual product. Product Info The product comes in a plastic display case and includes a blue USB 3.0 cable. It doesn’t come with instructions but it is all pretty self explanatory so you shouldn’t need any. Once unpacked, you will notice that the devise is made of metal so feels pretty sturdy. In terms of size, it’s 84.25 x 42.8 x 12.6mm. There is a HDMI port at one end and a USB port at the other end. There are also two lights, a power light to show that you have power and an action light to show that the device is working.     Using the Device Once the USB lead is connected to your laptop, both lights will come on. Your laptop will also recognise a new device. If you then go into Skype for Business, and go to the video device settings, you will see there are now two devices; the integrated webcam and the HDMI video, as seen...

Jabra Evolve 40 Review

The Jabra Evolve range is designed to improve concentration in noisy work environments. There are 5 headsets in this range: Evolve 20, 30, 40, 65 and 80. Today I will be reviewing the Evolve 40. Unpacking The first thing you’ll notice is that the headset comes in a zipped carry case which is handy for when you’re on the go. It stops the wires getting tangled and fits nicely in a laptop bag. When you take the headset out, you’ll see that it has a red wire that connects with a 3.5mm jack to a USB dongle. The dongle is really useful when using with Skype for Business. The dongle includes an answer/end call button, volume down, volume up, mute switch and a Busylight indicator.   Getting Started Jabra Direct is free PC software enabling Jabra USB devices to have remote call control over most softphones such as Skype for Business. It brings you features to personalise your device and also includes Jabra Intelligent Call Transfer, which I will discuss in more detail later. The Jabra Direct Software can be downloaded from the Jabra website. Once I had downloaded the software, I connected the headset via USB. My laptop didn’t automatically switch to them once plugged in, I had to set them as my default device. The Busylight One of the cool features of this headset is the Busylight indicator. This is a ring on each side of the headset which lights up bright red to let others know that you are on a call. You will see that there is also an indicator on the dongle. This can also be turned on...

Skype for Business Top Tip: How to change participant settings for a Skype for Business meetings

If you’re hosting a Skype for Business meeting you should be aware of how to change the participant settings according to who you would like to participate and how you would like them to participate. You may want to give certain people permission to present or to may want to disable IM to limit interruptions for example. Here’s a guide taken from the Microsoft Office Support site detailing how to change the participant settings. Change participant settings for Skype for Business meetings The Skype for Business default options are appropriate for small and casual meetings with co-workers. It’s a good idea to change the options if you are inviting more than 10-15 people, want to control meeting permissions, or have invitees from other companies. If you use Outlook, you can change options for all Skype for Business Meetings that you set up by clicking New Skype for Business Meeting in your Outlook Calendar, clicking Meeting Options on the ribbon, and then selecting the option(s) you want to use. Tip    Regardless of whether you use Outlook, if you’re a presenter in a meeting, you can change some options for that meeting, such as whether video is enabled and who is a presenter, during the meeting by clicking the people icon, in the meeting window, and then using the options on the Participants and Actions tabs. These people don’t have to wait in the lobby You decide who gets into the meeting directly and who has to wait for you to let them in. If you have people wait, when the meeting starts, you’ll see a list of people who...

Skype for Business Top Tip: Set up a Skype for Business meeting in Outlook

Here’s the next Skype for Business Top Tips taken from the Microsoft Office Support Website. There’s other posts to follow explaining some more of the basic functions in Skype for Business. You can use Outlook or Outlook Web App to schedule a Skype meeting–the same way you schedule meetings normally but with one or two extra clicks. If your account is configured for dial-in conferencing, the Skype meeting request will automatically include call-in information (phone number and conference ID). Schedule a Skype Meeting using Outlook 2013 To schedule a Skype meeting, you need a sign-in address and password from an organization that uses Skype for Business Server. Open Outlook, and go to your calendar. On the Home tab ribbon, in the Skype Meeting section, click New Skype Meeting. Set up the meeting as you typically would: In the To box, type the email address of each person you’re inviting, separated by semicolons. In the Subject box, type a name for the meeting. If you’ll have in-person attendees, either click Room Finder, in the Options section of the Meeting tab, and then find a room or, in the Location box, type a meeting location, such as a conference room. Select a start time and end time. Notes    To look for a time that works for everyone, click Scheduling Assistant, in the Show section of the Meeting tab ribbon. In the meeting area, type an agenda. Be careful not to change any of the Skype meeting information. Important    Scheduling a meeting with the default options, like we just did, is suitable for small, internal meetings, such as casual meetings with a few...