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IGEL Linux Thin Clients Get Full Skype Features

Availability of RealTime Media Engine 2.0 for its Linux-based thin clients means users can benefit from new features and HD video conferencing.

Just weeks after Citrix announced the availability of the Skype for Business RealTime Media Engine 2.0, IGEL has integrated the capabilities into its Linux thin clients meaning users can instantly benefit from the new Unified Communications features, including HD video conferencing.

The RTME package is part of the new IGEL Linux firmware 5.09.101, which is available free for immediate download. The HDX RealTime Media Engine 2.0 allows high-quality HD video conferences as well as Enterprise VoIP telephony via Microsoft Skype for Business. With the release, Citrix is also decoupling the functionality from the backend solution used so that Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015, Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and Office 365 (Skype for Business Online) are supported.

“The fact that the RTME package can be so quickly integrated is down to the flexibility of IGEL Linux, our open operating system,” said Simon Richards, IGEL Managing Director for UK & Ireland. “We ensure important new business features, such as Unified Communications, can be easily deployed and configured to work seamlessly with our Linux and Windows-based thin and zero clients. To achieve this we integrate the local drivers of the Unified Communications platform into the IGEL device operating system. This ensures that the Unified Communications application can be deployed quickly and efficiently using our IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) software. Alongside this we fine-tune the Citrix, VMware or Microsoft client to ensure that the Unified Communications application delivers the very best end-user experience.”

For those who rely on a VDI environment, thin clients from IGEL Technology are the ideal choice. A range of unified communication solutions, including Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI)*, Microsoft Lync and its successor Skype for Business are supported.