Posts By: mhelmbrecht

More control over your meetings

While some would argue that proper etiquette is to say “Happy New Year” only through the first week of the new year, I’ve been saving my “Happy New Year” for our first round of Lifesize Cloud updates. So, here it is—Happy New Year! Here at Lifesize, 2014 was an amazing year, and we are extremely… Continue ReadingCloud, Features, Lifesize, Microsoft, Products, Technology


The World Has Spoken: Telepresence is Still Dead

In a world where technology is getting smaller, lighter and faster (think about the Zach Morris cell phone vs. your iPhone or bulky desktop computers vs. the MacBook Air), it’s a wonder to me that companies are still investing in three- and four-screen telepresence solutions to collaborate over video. The rest of the tech world… Continue ReadingFeatures, Lifesize, Miscellaneous, Mobility, People, Products, Technology, Trends

bring out your dead

Telepresence: Cost, Complexity and a Call for Egalitarian Access of Video

In my last post, I discussed how telepresence as an industry category has outlived its welcome. I’d like to drill down further into a few more reasons why the shine has rubbed off this once-favorite industry darling. “Hidden” costs? Even if your organization can foot the increasingly steep bill, it is important to pay attention… Continue ReadingFeatures, Lifesize, Miscellaneous, People, Products, Technology, Trends


Telepresence is Dead

It lived a good life. It showed people what video technology could unleash by putting training wheels on the video communications experience while adding cost, complexity and inflexibility. It was a solution for the select few. We thank telepresence – the three-screen, mirrored room, luxe video conferencing category – for giving the market a proof… Continue ReadingFeatures, Industry, Lifesize, Miscellaneous, People, Products, Technology, Trends, vLog

Michael Helmbrecht, VP & GM Video Solutions

Competitive Edge: The Mobility Play in the Video Communications Market

by Michael Helmbrecht, VP Product Marketing, LifeSize They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. In the video communications market, this certainly rings true with the latest announcements our competitors have made around mobility. The reality is, we are all headed in the same direction. Smartphones and tablets are on the rise in… Continue ReadingFeatures, Lifesize, Miscellaneous, Mobility, Products, Technology, Travel, Trends

Michael Helmbrecht

How to Evaluate Video Conferencing Vendors’ Claims

by Michael Helmbrecht, Vice President of Product Marketing, LifeSize Lately we’ve been hearing a bunch of claims by some competitors about the video quality and reduced bandwidth consumption benefits of their approaches to the H.264 video conferencing standard. We’ve reviewed these claims and have to say: There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark (or… Continue ReadingIndustry, Lifesize, Products, Technology

Michael Helmbrecht, VP & GM Video Solutions