“Apollo” snom UC edition Firmware Achieves Qualification for Microsoft Lync

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Businesses deploying Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice with snom UC edition phones featuring its new “Apollo” firmware can now enjoy easy native Lync server updates with enhanced telephony and Lync features including Music on Hold, Boss/Admin and programmable keys for Presence status; snom 821 UC edition is the first phone to earn ‘Qualified for Microsoft Lync’ designation running new firmware release.

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snom technology AG, a leading developer of IP desktop phones and IP communications solutions, today announced the snom 821 desktop phone configured with the new version of snom UC edition firmware has earned ‘Qualified for Microsoft Lync’ status, making it the first snom endpoint running this new phone software release for full compatibility and interoperability with Lync. Named Apollo, the new endpoint firmware delivers expanded capabilities to snom phones deployed with Microsoft Lync including Music on Hold, Boss/Admin and integrated Presence functionality.

“Becoming ‘Qualified for Microsoft Lync’ represents a significant benchmark for this new snom UC edition firmware and the snom 821, and we expect the entire snom UC edition phone portfolio running Apollo to quickly achieve the same level of full compatibility with Microsoft Lync in the coming months,” said Mike Storella, chief operating officer, snom technology, Inc. “This new firmware release enhances the capabilities of snom UC edition phones in Micorosoft Lync environments by integrating both Lync and traditional enterprise telephony features directly on the phone – a mixture of ‘familiar and new’ that businesses should find appealing.”

The advanced snom 821 is the first snom UC edition phone configured with snom UC Apollo firmware to become 'Qualified for Microsoft Lync. The snom 821 is designed for information workers who need a phone with a high-resolution color display and advanced presence features integrated with call history and contact lists. This model also supports a Gigabit interface to take advantage of higher network performance and offers a wireless LAN interface option. In addition, the phone can concurrently operate in a mixed environment that includes both Microsoft Lync 2010 Enterprise Voice and another SIP-based IP PBX, offering maximum flexibility to the end customer.

snom’s UC portfolio of standards-based IP phones ‘Qualified for Microsoft Lync’ enables businesses to enhance workforce productivity and collaboration from the desktop by utilizing features available with Microsoft Lync, such as presence, direct dialing from Lync buddy lists and more. Now, the new snom UC Apollo firmware delivers additional unique features for the newly qualified snom 821 UC edition desktop phone. The remaining Lync-qualified snom 300 UC edition and snom 370 UC edition phones featuring the new firmware are currently in the qualification process at Microsoft and will support the new Apollo firmware shortly.

New snom UC Edition “Apollo” Firmware Highlights
New server-side configuration and management features

The new snom UC Apollo firmware also enables advanced server-side provisioning and management of snom UC edition endpoints within the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Voice environment. “Plug and play” simplicity makes provisioning, deployment and management of snom UC endpoints dramatically easier, faster and more efficient than other Lync-qualified alternatives in the marketplace.

Native software updates: snom endpoints are easily managed directly from the Microsoft Lync server.

Easy sign-in via extension and PIN: snom UC devices are able to request and start using a client certificate for authentication, eliminating the need to enter full NTLM credentials and making the phones independent from password changes.

Hot desking functionality: Mobile users can conveniently sign into multiple accounts.

Simple integration with survivable branch appliances: This allows business communications to continue during a WAN outage.

New phone features

Music on Hold: snom UC edition phones are now able to generate music for callers placed on hold.

Boss/Admin: This feature simplifies the flow of calls between two co-workers such as a boss and his/her administrative assistant. Incoming calls ring at both endpoints, enabling the admin to answer the call, place the call on hold and alert the manager who can then take the caller off hold and have a conversation. One party can also make calls on behalf of the other.

Programmable Buttons for Presence Status: Users can assign contacts to the phone’s buttons directly from the contact list and simply push the button to view presence status in real-time.

“Resellers will appreciate the technical benefits of these management and usability features to simplify and speed deployment, which translates into bottom line savings. Further, businesses can now enjoy popular business telephony features like Music on Hold and Boss/Admin in a Microsoft Lync environment using snom UC edition phones powered by our Apollo firmware,” added Storella.

snom UC “Apollo” Available Today

snom’s network of registered VAR partners and customers are invited to download the latest release of new snom UC firmware. For more information and to download Apollo Firmware Version 8.8.1.11, please visit http://www.snom.com/en/lync. Questions or comments can be sent to ucedition (at) snom (dot) com.

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About snom
snom technology AG develops and manufactures VoIP telephones and related equipment based on the IETF open standard, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). Recognized for its high-quality, customizable, and cost-effective business solutions, snom is also differentiated by the company’s history in the VoIP industry and its dedication to high security standards. All of snom’s products, from desktop phones to IP PBXs, are designed to be fully interoperable with leading communications equipment vendors. snom customers benefit from the interoperability and flexibility that the snom telephones offer, including plug-and-play integration and universal compatibility with any SIP-based telephony platform. In September 2011, the snom 300 and the snom 821 were the first SIP phones to be officially tested and qualified as interoperable with Microsoft Lync™ by Microsoft.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, snom technology AG also has offices in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. For more information on snom, please visit http://www.snom.com.

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