Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

Summary: Microsoft is working on a new video connector update for its Kinect sensor that will bridge the living room and the office. Microsoft announced plans to deliver the Video Kinect update "shortly."

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Microsoft is working on a new video connector update for its Kinect sensor that will bridge the living room and the office.

Microsoft announced plans to deliver the Video Kinect update "shortly" during the company's official launch of its Lync Server 2010 unified-communications product in New York on November 18. Lync is the new name for Office Communications Server and is an integrated instant-messaging, presence and audio/video conferencing product for business users.

(In my multitasking madness, I didn't catch the announcement, though others, like ReadWriteWeb, did.)

Video Kinect, which is under development by the Lync team, will be delivered to all Kinect users as a "seamless update," Microsoft officials said. More from Microsoft Office Senior Vice President Chris Capossela, from the transcript of yesterday's launch:

"What it (Video Connect) allows you to do is see your contact list online. In this case, we're seeing Gurdeep (Singh Pall, the Corporate Vice President of the Lync and Speech group). And so we just go ahead and signal to that, and now at home just using my Kinect, I can see Gurdeep using either Windows Live Messenger or Lync."

Microsoft is touting the Kinect-Lync connection as a way to connect the living room with the work scenario. Pall described this as "the 'dads two kids' scenario."

"We're very happy to bridge the Kinect network, the Windows Live network, the Lync enterprises, Lync Online together to form a really rich, federated network for rich communications," Pall said.

Microsoft has sold more than 1 million Kinects since the sensor was made available at retail on November 4. Lync Server 2010 will be generally available starting December 1. There's no specific date as to when the Kinect Video plug-in will be available to customers.

Earlier this year, company officials said to expect Microsoft and its partners to find ways to use the natural-user interface capabilities of Kinect in business settings in the not-too-distant future. I wonder when we'll see Kinect-Windows PC synergies make it to market, as well.

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  • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

    I am not sure about the "home" scenario, but I can see how the Kinect could be used by business as an inexpensive Teleconference solution.
    rs_jr
    • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

      @rs_jr Xbox in the meeting room. Sweet! ;)
      spc1972
  • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

    @rs_jr<br>Here are some "home scenarios"<br>1. Flip through channels.<br>2. Surf the internet, check emails, video chat from your Hi-Def TV.<br>3. Control home appliances (turn on the lights, turn off the heater, etc). <br>4. Lock/Unlock your house, gate, garage, etc.

    All of this from your couch without any remotes or mouse or keyboard.
    youRstupid
    • Wasn't Kinect supposed get you off the couch?

      @youRstupid You seem waaaay too commited to staying there.... ;)
      happyharry_z
    • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

      @youRstupid Yes. I am onboard with Kinect in the living room in general (I have one myself). I was refering to the Kinect/Lync usuage scenario for the home.
      rs_jr
    • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

      Except you have to stand on your couch and dance around.
      john_gillespie@...
    • Kinect Web Browser?

      How about a new way you browse the web, change from point and click to point and tap or squeeze.. I would love to see a web browser for the XBox
      MallusLittera
  • Kinect in the meeting room - what will this do to the Roundtable

    I like the lowend option with the Kinect. But what will this mean for the Roundtable? Can Kinect be the home endpoint where the Roundtable will eventualy win in the business meeting room?
    avsomeren
  • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

    I see a reference to "Video Kinect" and "Video Connect". Are they the same? Is one usage more correct than the other?
    ahunkins
  • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

    Hi, is there any update on the release of the "connector?"
    Thanks, TC
    cross@...
  • RE: Microsoft Lync to link up with Kinect via new video connector

    I just wish Microsoft would settle on fewer product names; OCS, Outlook, Exchange, LiveMeeting and now Lync??

    http://grahamsblog4444.blogspot.com/
    grahamc2
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