Lync and tablets as wireless presentation devices

 Did you know you can do this with Lync?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I was reminded of the idea when I attended the Office 365 IUG. Sean McNeil talked briefly about Miracast, a peer-to-peer wireless screencast technology used to send HD video and audio to supported display devices. It will be available in Windows 8.1.

If you can’t wait for Miracast and you have Lync available to you, try the following.

  1. Plug a computer or notebook into the display cable for your projector – nothing new here.  We’ll call this the projector computer.
  2. On your tablet, start an IM conversation or start a Meet Now and invite the person logged into the projector computer.
  3. Still on your tablet, share your desktop. Accept the desktop sharing invite from the projector computer.
  4. On the projector computer, full screen the shared desktop and use the scaling button to see the whole tablet desktop.
  5. Now use your tablet to wirelessly present, mark up PowerPoint slides, use OneNote as a whiteboard. You are free to present and wander the stage, illustrate your point using the tablet, while remaining engaged with the audience.

Notes

  • If you share your desktop using Meet Now, you can record your presentation using Lync and invite others to attend you meeting online.  However, the shared desktop needs to be transmitted back to the Lync server, which may impact the display of the inking and animation.
  • If you share your desktop from an IM, then the sharing is between the two Lync clients over the local network. It doesn’t have to transmit back to the Lync server.

The video demonstrates the setup process and some of the things you can do while you present wirelessly.
I used a Surface Pro as the tablet and an HP notebook connected to a projector via VGA cable.

I apologize for the quality of the video, exposure and focus.

- Darrell Webster |  nz.linkedin.com/in/darrellwebster/ | @DarrellCWebster