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TMCNet:  StarLeaf Breaks Through to Lead the Way with a FREE Skype Meeting Interop Service

[April 04, 2017]

StarLeaf Breaks Through to Lead the Way with a FREE Skype Meeting Interop Service

StarLeaf, the leading cloud video conferencing and calling provider, has announced a range of services, that allow traditional video meeting room systems, such as Cisco, Polycom (News - Alert) etc., to join a scheduled Skype for Business meeting. StarLeaf is the first to market with a solution that ranges from a free connectivity service - StarLeaf Medley - through to full integration services.

Available now, Medley can be accessed by any Skype (News - Alert) Meeting organizer, who in one simple step can invite any number of internal or external third-party video systems to join their meeting. This is the first time video equipment from Cisco (News - Alert), Lifesize or Polycom, etc., can be invited and connected directly into a Skype Meeting.

Alongside the free Medley service, StarLeaf also offers premium services that incorporate an enterprise's existing video systems into the Skype for Business environment. These premium services make those existing systems integral to the Skype Meeting workflow, giving users a consistent and familiar experience when scheduling meetings in Outlook. Whether organizations choose to use the free option or go for a seamless integration, StarLeaf offers a simple and easy way to continue to leverage existing video meeting room systems without further investment in complex infrastructure or conference bridging services.

"There's no doubt that Skype for Businessis fast becoming the enterprise's chosen Unified Communications (News - Alert) platform, yet as video collaboration becomes pervasive across desktops, users soon hit the interop brick wall, where there's no connectivity with traditional AV meeting rooms," said Kevin Bernitz, StarLeaf VP, Product Management. "We've introduced StarLeaf Medley and a broad range of premium services that ensure that companies can continue to leverage their existing deployments and even scale them, if need be."

There are no plug-ins or downloads involved. All it takes to use Medley, the free service, is to simply forward your Skype Meeting invite to skype@starleaf.com or add skype@starleaf.com to your invitee list when organizing your meeting. The StarLeaf Medley service then automatically responds with third-party endpoint dial-in instructions.

"When organizations implement unified communications solutions, such as Skype for Business, they expect to both expand their capabilities and eliminate silos of communications that restrict information sharing. Unfortunately, certain UC solutions still create silos," said Robert Arnold, Principal Analyst at Frost and Sullivan. "StarLeaf, with a laser focus on interoperability, is enabling the connectivity that all organizations seek."

Available for both on-premise and online deployments of Skype for Business, users can learn more and try the beta version of Medley today at www.starleaf.com/medley.

About StarLeaf

StarLeaf is a service provider with a global platform that delivers secure, reliable and rich meeting and calling services to Fortune 500 companies all the way down to the smallest organizations around the world. Whether a company chooses StarLeaf meeting room systems or already has their own, StarLeaf removes the complexity and cost of management and enables users to call anyone, including those who use Microsoft (News - Alert) Skype for Business as their client.

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