Lync is a software platform, and without hardware devices to bring it alive, communications wouldn't be the same. Voice would be limited to tiny devices built in to desktop and laptop PCs, and video would be restricted to those web cams that are now standard parts of any laptop.
However, there is a massive devices business from which Lync reaps huge rewards. The list of devices includes USB-connected devices (such as headsets and handsets), stand-alone IP phone devices, and devices that provide full-room immersive video experiences.
Many devices are capable of providing audio (and also video); however, for this chapter we will be covering only devices that are certified for use with Lync. These devices are tested ...