Tag Archives : ios

Lync Mobile Clients: Update

Official details of the Lync mobile clients are drip feeding their way.  Nokia blogged this week that they will have a Lync client for Symbian here.  Windows Phone 7 Mango imminent release will have a Lync client.  Blackberry support Lync with BES5 SP3, with the client available to downloaded on RIM’s app store.

That just leaves Android and iOS news.  MS confirmed they will have official clients available this year and I still expect this to be the case.  So if you are being asked about when Lync will be available on iPhone or Android you shouldn’t have to wait too long to provide an answer.  I would start to plan some time in Q4 to make sure you have some tech time to provide updates to your Lync servers.

I’ve seen some noise around the Lync twitter channels that voice and video will be available this year.  I have seen nothing from Redmond that has pointed at this.  At the moment I would set expectations that IM/Presence and one click to join conferences will be the available features with voice and video sometime in the future.  There are of course unofficial Lync clients providing voice and video.  I’d welcome any insights as to what the business value voice and video provides on mobile.  I have seen some specific use cases but they are aimed at supporting a new business process rather than just providing voice and video on the move.

Current Mobile Client Lync Table 1

Here is a list of the existing clients that I know work with Lync.  Interestingly the Damaka client requires only the most Lync Edge to be installed but has the most functionality with Instant Messaging, Presence, Voice and Video.

Enterprise Instant MessagingBlackberryRIMIM and PresenceBES 5 SP3
Lync Edge
DamakaIM, Presence and Voice/VideoLync Edgehttp://tinyurl.com/3os4euz
iDialogiOSModality SystemsIM and Presence
Existing CWA Service
Lync Edge
Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7.5 - MangoHome DevelopmentIM and Presence
Bespoke Server with UCMA3.0
Lync Edge

Securing Your iOS Device

Here is an interesting blog with some great recommendations on how a corporate security team could configure security for iOS devices. The blog is written by John Halamka a CIO within the US Healthcare industry.  A snippet is below but for the full article take a look here

I’m often asked how IT departments should advise users to secure their iPads and iPhone4′s.

Here’s the process suggested by my security team:

1. Make sure you’re running the latest iOS version (4.2.1 currently)

2. Download “Find My iPhone” (free app) from the Apple App Store. Log in or set up a new Mobile Me account and add the iPad to be tracked. Also try it out from a desktop to make sure you can (as a test) send a message to the device.

3. Make sure the iPad autolocks, requires a long passcode and erases data after 10 failed passcode attempts.

In Settings->General, configure:

a. Auto-Lock: set to something short, like 2-5 minutes (NOT “Never”)

b. Passcode Lock:

1. Turn Passcode On

2. Require Passcode: Immediately

3. Simple Passcode: Off (then set a long passcode)

4. Picture Frame: Off

5. Erase Data: On

Microsoft’s iPad Strategy Summarised: Operation Ostridge? 2

Microsoft employ far too many smart people for me to accept that their 10 slide Partner briefing on the iPad is real.  Surely it is a massive bluff to lure Apple into believing that Microsoft has absolutely no clue on how to combat the iPad in the enterprise?  Once Apple are sufficiently bluffed they will release their real non Ostridge based strategy?

Just in case they aren’t bluffing I’ll suggest an alternative.  Microsoft need to ride the Apple bandwagon.  I’m willing to be that 80% of Fortune 500 CEOs have or want an iPad and I bet they want their MS Office software on iOS.  Stop flogging the dead Windows 7 slate horse.  Go sell lots of Office software and possibly when the CEO finally realises that iPad isn’t so great for their daily work Windows 8 will have been released and the landscape will have changed again.

OneNote Available on iOS

In a further sign of Microsoft spreading into iOS they have today released OneNote integrated with the MS Skydrive sign in that maintains the notes in the Microsoft cloud.  The application is currently free but only available in via a US account as far as I can tell.

I’d love to see this strategy widely adopted by Microsoft.  Don’t compete with Apple.  Use them as a another sales channel for Microsoft software and cloud services.  Then make Windows 8 a really great mobile and desktop system.  Apple is a great company but their profits today ($6billion on sales of $26billion) highlight a premium that could be attacked if Microsoft make the right decisions and execute over the next 18 months.

Kinect for the PC? 1

The BBC’s Click interview with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Balmer is creating some buzz this week with the hint from Balmer that Kinect will eventually move across from Xbox to the PC.  Given that the drivers have been made available, speculation of camera technology built into Windows 8 and the trend for Microsoft to collapse their Live, Xbox and Enterprise offers together I’d be very surprised if Microsoft did not announce Kinect for PC in 2011.

Another hint of this direction was provided during the Lync launch back in November when the launch team demonstrated Lync and Xbox Kinect integration (see 34 minutes in from the Lync launch). Lync Launch

I’ve used Kinect at home and I can see why people have bought it for entertainment but the scope feels slightly limited for video games. Just this week a major game publisher questioned that we wouldn’t be pointing fingers at the screen and using our couch as a barricade.

The potential for business application however as I’ve stated a couple of time is huge.  If Microsoft can move Kinect across from the home to work in a user friendly manner and integrate into their Office suite they could have a hit.

ps for anyone wanting confirmation of Microsoft’s desire to broaden their client range and support other operating systems such as iOS and Mac OS the section in the Lync launch video at around 37 minutes should confirm that they are moving in that direction.

JP Morgan evaluate the iPad

I wonder how many of the Fortune 500 have iPads in their environment?  I’m willing to bet over 90%, with most going to senior executives.  I’m sure there are also business units investigating specific use cases.

I know its not quite prediction time but here are a few:

  • Senior execs will soon lose the novelty value of iPad for their work life but they will upgrade to other Apple products such as Macbook Airs.  IT shops with existing Apple schemes in their offer will be fine.  Those without better start working out an implementation.
  • iPads will find specific use cases within the Enterprise but I doubt they will be the right device for information workers.
  • One last prediction, the Playbook will fizzle and then crash and by this time next year will begin a very quiet retirement.

NHS Trust recommend use of iPhone

Although I can not find the direct link to the report it is interesting to read of another NHS trust pushing the use of technology. According to Publictechnology.net Dumfries and Galloway are recommending that the iPhone is fit for clinical use. This is just another example of the use of UC technology within health care.

While trying to search for the article on the Dumfries and Galloway website I managed to find further references to telehealth services provided by the Trust, take a look here

Link to Publictechnology article here

Clinicians should be educated to build list views of their patients to reduce the need to enter names alongside patient data in such forms and encouraged not to enter patient names in any of the free-text areas of the application used for storing information.