Introducing Lifesize Icon 400 and Lifesize Icon Flex Jan 14, 2015 by Julian Fields in Cloud, Features, Lifesize, Technology, WebRTC I’m excited to announce updates to Lifesize Cloud and introduce two new products into the Lifesize Icon family - the Lifesize Icon 400 and Lifesize Icon Flex. These innovations bring simple, reliable and effortlessly scalable video communications to every person and every conference room across devices, applications, browsers and Lifesize video systems.“Customers tell us that they want video conferencing that simply works: no hassle or complexity, without lengthy installs and IT involvement,” said Craig Malloy, founder and CEO of Lifesize. “Lifesize is the first to deliver an option for every scenario – whether you are new to video and looking for a complete enterprise solution for every person and every room, have a video application running within your environment but need a better conference room experience, or you are looking for a service that slides right into how you work without friction – we make video calling a remarkable and compelling experience.”Lifesize Cloud UpdatesThe updates to Lifesize Cloud put the power back in the users hands. Now, users can join video meetings from more web browsers, from their Microsoft® Lync® clients, and schedule meetings directly from Google CalendarTM and Microsoft Outlook®.The new updates to Lifesize Cloud include: Whether you use Firefox®, Internet Explorer®, Google ChromeTM or SafariTM, you can make “one-click” Lifesize Cloud video calls directly from your web browser. Seamless integration into existing workflow tools: With the new Outlook plug-in and Chrome Extension, schedule video meetings and invite anyone directly from Google Calendar or Outlook; no need to open the Lifesize Cloud application. Interoperability with Microsoft Lync: Any one of the more than 100 million enterprise Lync users can join meetings hosted on Lifesize Cloud from their Lync client application with just one click. Meet Lifesize Icon 400Designed especially for the huddle room with an exceptionally small footprint, the Lifesize Icon 400 brings the same brilliant video experience as the award-winning Lifesize® Icon 600TM. Putting the control in the hands of the user with a simple and intuitive interface that is as easy to use as a smartphone, the Lifesize Icon 400 enables users to quickly add video and audio participants to the call and easily share content with all meeting participants.The Lifesize Icon 400 can be paired to Lifesize Cloud in four simple steps: connect to power, display (HDMI), any IP connection, and then enter your Lifesize Cloud username and password.Once paired with Lifesize Cloud, the Icon 400 supports all of the ways people communicate – instant calls from the presence-enabled, shared directory, to scheduled or “meet me” meetings in virtual meeting rooms, with single and group calling with up to 25 participants – on laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Icon 400 with Lifesize Cloud seamlessly bridges multiple callers together, provides secure firewall/NAT traversal, and automatically performs software updates to the device, thus reducing the burden on IT. Meet Lifesize Icon FlexDesigned for businesses that already deploy a personal collaboration application such as Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync, Skype™, Google Hangouts™, Cisco Jabber® and WebEx® or Citrix GoToMeeting® as a primary meeting option, Lifesize Icon Flex turns any small meeting room environment into a complete conference room solution. Users simply plug in their PC or Mac® via USB and Icon Flex takes over all video and audio capture and processing, transforming a subpar experience into a stunning quality meeting where everyone can be clearly seen and heard.Leveraging the design of the Icon 400, with a business-class fit and finish reminiscent of Lifesize’s boardroom heritage, the Icon Flex can be configured with a beam-forming table top microphone or the Lifesize Phone to satisfy the most demanding audio and video collaboration requirements that your hard working teams can throw at it while performing beautifully. “Trends in enterprise IT have converged, making mass adoption of video conferencing a reality,” said Roopam Jain, industry director of the conferencing and collaboration practice at Frost & Sullivan. “In the meantime, vendors have served up video solutions based on a somewhat limited perspective and approach. Lifesize solves the problem of bringing video into smaller conference rooms across companies of any size. Through its cloud service and Icon endpoint systems, Lifesize is offering compelling solutions to address the growing user demand for scalable, accessible and easy-to-use video conferencing.” At Lifesize, we’re so proud of our history of innovation and how we’ve responded to the needs of our customers time and time again. Download the free 14-day trial today of Lifesize Cloud and see what the buzz is all about.