Video Interoperability White Paper

The Video Interoperability white paper is now available in the Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft has enhanced the video interoperability story in Microsoft Lync by introducing a set of qualification programs and room-based systems optimized for Lync. With Office Communications Server 2007 R2, a number of scenarios were possible by integrating primarily with video systems from TANDBERG and Polycom. The technical requirements for interoperability have evolved to target specific video technologies and use cases. This white paper explores the new qualification programs.

Author: Andrew Sniderman

Publication date: September 2011

Product version: Lync Server 2010 and Lync 2010


The new Lync Video Interoperability Program introduces three new qualification programs—VTC, MCU, and gateway. Each program targets different use cases and addresses key interoperability areas in different ways. After you determine which use cases you would like to implement, refer to the corresponding qualification programs to determine how they implement interoperability with Lync and which ones are right for your organization.

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Keywords: video interoperability, Lync qualification program, Lync Video Interoperability Program, video use cases

Comments (2)
  1. Richard says:…/hh239758.aspx

    I am missing the list of supported Video conferencing partners and exact supported products/models/versions (like the supported gateways you already have on the UCOIP portal).

    Polycom has RTVideo support offically since ages, in the first half of 2011 they even implemented the HD720p for Lync, still the RMX and HDX devices are nowhere listed. I see only 4x Lifesize products, they are all qualified for OCS R2 only… Is the situation so bad in this area? Nothing has evolved since 2011 february 23?

  2. Thank you for your comment, Richard. The whitepaper announces the new qualification programs. You will see additional partners and products added to these pages as they are qualified in the coming months. Hope this helps.

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