As soon as Microsoft announced the availability and reading the new features list, I could resist to try it ASAP and see the look and feel. It is just a release preview of both server and client so, some things might change until it’s gone gold.
From the new features list (client and server), here’s a summary of the shinny ones:
+ Support for audio and video in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment – Working with the RDP 8 protocol, we finnaly have break the barrier for a virtual UC destop. Note: it requires you to install the Lync VDI plugin on your local computer.
+ HD video (1080p, 1280 x 720; 16:9) even in multiparty conferences. Also the default client video codec is now H.264 – it’s CPU frying time !! 🙂
+ Gallery view – strange name for the most great conference feature (I known as continuous presence) . You can now view multiple video participants (up to 4)… this one I really have to try it !!. Setup 3 virtual desktops, and made a conference call with 3 video streams using manycam.
+ computer audio and video to Lync Web App – outside participants can now join and experience full working meetings… using a Windows desktop.
+ Meeting customization and conference experience improvements – custom logo and attendee mute controls on invitation options, powerpoint with videos support.
Update: a recent post has a real experience with several clients in a videoconference.