After running through the Hands-On Lab at the Lync Conference 2013 and also Microsoft MTC in Singapore, I’ve been itching to setup a unit of the SMART Interactive Board System or SMART Lync Room System from SCRATCH in which the unit is still not available in this region (Malaysia) – for now.

However, thanks to EP-Tec Solutions, I’ve manage to get an alternate model that leverages on SMART Meeting Pro that support Lync 2013 for interactive collaboration:

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Assembling the unit was basically pretty straight forward – a moving wall stand, an interactive flat panel and some cables (VGA, HDMI & USB)

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Before powering up the unit, I would recommend to prepare the machine to run on Windows 8.1 with Office 2013 Professional Plus (make sure to choose the Full Installation). Next, go to SMART Technologies download page and download SMART Meeting Pro 4.0

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The download already comes with the SMART Meeting Pro Connector for Lync; if you’ve previously installed SMART Meeting Pro Connector for Lync, uninstall of the SMART Meeting software & components, make a reboot before you initiate the installation. Having both applications installed will cause the Microsoft Ink to go missing, which will cause the digital ink from smart unable to “write” onto the document.

Once the installation is completed, you should be able to see a grey side bar at the left at the screen

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Once you’ve any of your Office Documents launched, Microsoft Ink will automatically be activated which allows you to write on the document. The system basically allows the document to be saved as a Native file format (docx, pptx & xlsx) after writing in the contents with the digital ink.

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This is pretty useful when you perform an Online Meeting with Desktop Sharing is being initiated; however, take note that the Lync Whiteboard DOES NOT work with Microsoft Ink and you’ll need to use the given “Tools” from the whiteboard.