provides numerous tools that most of the web conferencing services use as an
additive with their own products, so it's obvious for the company to have its
own virtual meeting tool that directly employ its product line. Lync, the Microsoft's
conferencing tool, comes packed with Microsoft Office 365 suite. It smoothly consolidates
with PowerPoint, Excel spreadsheets and Outlook calendar. You'd think this
service would be the best product there is, but its inability to work with many
other platforms such as the Apple OS, and browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and
Safari, lessen the usability of services.
Many features are available for the host and audiences
alike. The host of web meeting can decide who will take over the meeting and can
switch controls. The original meeting’s host can also take back control in just
click of a button. This conference software that works with internet, enhances
meeting participation with whiteboard tools, feedback indicators and user
Lync's strength is its integration in the Microsoft suite
of products. You will be quite satisfied with Microsoft Office 365, if you run
meetings using Microsoft-compatible equipment and software as a business owner.
Also, you will be able to schedule meetings with one of the best schedulers
available, on Outlook
Microsoft Office 365 web conferencing manages to remain
in line with advances in telecommunications, such as VoIP, and provides an
impressive degree of integration between various webcams, video players and
different modes of voice communication.
Microsoft Office 365 web conferencing has improved upon
previous versions, particularly in terms of recording and playback. It’s also
looks impressive that Microsoft has expanded its text and media file format
compatibility, making it great for international online meetings.
Microsoft offers end-to-end 128-bit AES encryption for
all web conferences, making it secure and seamless. However, in spite of its
security measures, some improvements could be made to the program to make it
more firewall friendly for presentation attendees.
Microsoft has a variety of training courses and tutorial
videos, knowledgebase and FAQs sections for Microsoft Office 365 web
conferencing users. The program itself has a comprehensive built-in help
section, greatly reducing the need to seek help externally via the company's
official website. The site itself, however, is not just for Office 365. Implies
that the person seeking information for a particular Live Meeting features may get
help-topic results for other Microsoft Office products.
Microsoft does provide various methods for contacting its
support team directly, including instant chat, discussion forums, telephone
assistance and a comment portal for feedback and inquiries.
The application for web conferencing is similar to other
Microsoft software packages, which will help newbies to navigate through the
program. We had a few problems getting everything to work the first time, so it
takes some getting used to. Once you know how it works, you'll realize its
great online conferencing tools.
The Office Online apps are entitled to get updates from
time to time, that includes new capabilities and added integration with other
cloud services such as Skype and Dropbox, now the Format Painter is also available
for placing format from one section to another in Word and PowerPoint, and
Excel Online has some extra number formats, more properties in Pivot tables and
a high contrast view for accessibility.
The updates keep on adding features like Find and Morph
transitions in PowerPoint, or ink annotations in Word, Excel and PowerPoint in mobile
apps. You have a facility to record audio in OneNote on the web and on iOS app;
that's better than Windows 10 Mobile’s OneNote in which audio can recorded only
for a minute.
Microsoft Office has been an integral part of the
workplace for more than a decade. But, the idea of a Microsoft web conferencing
program within Microsoft Office 365, and its seamless integration with Office
software seems like the perfect web conferencing solution, other virtual
meeting services integrate well with Microsoft Office – and some even do it
seamless integration with Outlook makes scheduling a child’s play.
isn't exactly browser friendly, beyond Internet Explorer.
VERDICT: If you are familiar with the Microsoft suite of
products, you'll enjoy using Lync and Microsoft Office 360. However, it won't
work very well with other platforms or web browsers other than Internet
Also Read: How to setup Office 365