snom UC Edition Firmware Update Released: Lync Qualified


Fixes since

  • provisioning with DHCP Option 67 fixed
  • RGS improvements
  • audio stack improvements
  • Call list handling improvements
  • presence hardening
  • UCS support
  • logging improvements

Get the new firmware here: (login required)

Lync 2013 Mobile to Become Future IP Phone Firmware?


the above picture is an April fools day prank and the vendor is not snom.

I’ve wondered aloud (and joked aloud click here when IP phone vendors will just use the Lync 2013 Mobile client to bring Lync capable IP phone devices to the market quickly. It appears at least one vendor (as soon as I can release information I will) may be heading that direction.

The Pros:

  • Debugged Lync signalling/media stack out of the gate
  • Ability to bring full Lync functionality (video, meetings, presence, IM) to an IP phone hardware platform very quickly
  • The vendor can focus on hardware and sit back and let innovation happen at the functionality level

Some Cons:

  • Is Lync 2013 Mobile the experience a desk phone user wants?
  • How integrated will the hardware and OS be? (reasons people often buy IP phone is for 1 button access to features or 1 glance indication of system status)
  • Will hardware be too expensive if it can run Lync 2013 mobile?

At the minimum this is an interesting new development.

Build 2014: Lync, Skype, & UC Related Notes

Below are some notes from Build 2014 Keynote.

Windows Phone 8.1 will allow bumping a mobile phone call to a Skype video call in one click, with a Skype button.


Of course, Cortana. Cortana as an extensible platform. (can trigger deep app integration.)


WinJS going cross platform. And opensource.



What’s in the future?

  • XBox will become the next TV? (noted: avg user on xbox 5hrs a day..what?!)
  • Universal apps will run on Xbox
  • Kinect for Windows 2.0: 1080p, wide field of view, skeletal tracking better, low light
  • Internet of Things: Intel Galileo board (piano running windows!)
  • Windows for internet of things for $0 dollars
  • Phones and Tablets less than 9” for $0 dollars
  • All Windows Lumia 8 will get 8.1

Windows start menu…


Next Gen Lumia

Lumia 930:

  • metallic around the edge
  • 5” full HD display
  • wireless charging built-in
  • 20MP, optical stabilized
  • Living Images  app – Story Teller app
  • 4 digital microphones for video audio/ direction stereo recording
  • $599 in June 2014


Lumia 630/635

  • 4.5” clear black display
  • changeable shells
  • 630-3G single sim/ 3G dual sim (enabled by win 8.1)
  • 635-4G
  • sensor core:


Two Tiles for 2 sim’s


Sensor Core – for health /fitness