ViVu unveils new videoconferencing tool for Microsoft Lync

New tool displays all of the videos of conference attendees simultaneously

ViVu, a provider of desktop videoconferencing and participative video webinar offerings, has unveiled its VuRoom Multiparty Videoconferencing for Microsoft Lync (previously Microsoft Office Communicator), the instant communicator platform used by enterprises across the world.

VuRoom for Lync provides enterprise-quality videoconferencing for up to eight attendees, where VuRoom displays the videos of all attendees simultaneously.

ViVu said VuRoom also provides an option for adding videoconference attendees from outside the Lync network.

VuRoom supports a range of HD webcams and video cameras, and integrates with SIP-based enterprise Telepresence or video conferencing equipment from Polycom, Tandberg or LifeSize to leverage existing hardware investments.

Users of VuRoom for Lync can access collaboration tools that enhance the Lync feature set, including low latency desktop sharing with HD resolution and colour fidelity, and onscreen file sharing that displays PowerPoint animations, according to the company.

VuRoom was initially released as a Skype plug-in and subsequently recognised as a "Skype Favorite" by Skype users, delivering enterprise-quality collaboration features to the many individuals and small businesses.

ViVu's CEO Sudha Valluru said their new VuRoom plugin for Lync delivers the high-quality video collaboration features users have come to expect from VuRoom, with built-in enterprise-level security and without requiring the addition of hardware or software components to the enterprise IT infrastructure.


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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.