We are excited to announce feature updates to the Lync Room System (LRS) as a part of our continued effort to offer valuable Lync video experiences in the conference room. These feature updates are delivered through our LRS partners—Crestron, Polycom and SMART.

Additionally, we’ve refreshed the LRS Administrative Web Portal server-side application for manageability and added supplemental configuration information to the LRS Deployment Guide.
Read on to learn more about these features.

Overview of the LRS feature updates

Having been in the market for a little over a year now, the team has gathered feedback on how customers are using LRS in their work environments. We’ve found two key areas for optimization to allow meeting organizers to more easily add attendees and start meetings.

Dial from within a meeting

The LRS dial pad experience is optimized such that public switched telephone network (PSTN) calls can now be made from a meeting that is already in progress. Previously, Enterprise Voice customers could launch a call with a phone number but not once a Lync Meeting was already initiated. We’ve also tweaked the dial pad to allow local users to look up and add contacts.

New user interface.

Initiate Lync Meetings within LRS

We’ve made it easy to create a new meeting with two taps to the LRS Calendar Tile. To optimize the meeting join experience, the LRS team has added the capability of sending an email with Lync Meeting coordinates to invitees. Now, if you forget to add a Lync Meeting to your calendar invite, you can still join your meeting from LRS. You no longer have to open your PC to create a Lync Meeting via Outlook.

Initiate a meeting from the Calendar Tile.

Administrative Web Portal update

The LRS Admin Web Portal is a server-side application that is used to monitor and manage LRS devices for on-premises deployments. The following is a list of new features:
  • Improved log collection
  • Live notifications on the portal
  • Displays hotfix version (15.xx.x)
  • Admin can check updates from the portal
  • Accessibility improvements
  • The automatic log out time has been extended to after 15 minutes of inactivity
Updated LRS Deployment Guide

We’ve refreshed the LRS Deployment Guide to provide supplemental information for configuring Exchange Online mailbox with hybrid Lync on-premises installations. There is also detail on configuring LRS in multi-forest deployments.

The LRS team is pleased to bring you these updates. We look forward to bringing you more as we continue to gather feedback and observe customer experience.