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SMART Enhances Collaboration for Microsoft Lync 2010 Users

New software brings Freestormā„¢ visual collaboration solutions into Lync meetings

TORONTO, Ontario --- July 9, 2012 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of visual collaboration solutions, announces that it is enabling Freestorm visual collaboration solutions for Microsoft  Lync 2010 users through the release of the SMART Meeting Pro connector for Microsoft Lync. The new software connects Freestorm solutions from SMART with Microsoft Lync to create an immersive audio, video and data sharing experience in meeting rooms. The solution is being unveiled today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Canada and will be available in August 2012.

Microsoft Lync 2010 is a unified communication platform that connects users in multiple locations. By combining Freestorm visual collaboration solutions with Microsoft Lync, rich data collaboration tools are added to the user experience. Bringing together Microsoft Lync, SMART’s interactive displays and SMART Meeting Pro software allows in-room and remote users to share data from any software application. In addition, participants can use SMART Ink to create digital notes, write into existing Microsoft Office applications and PDF documents, and capture ideas from all users regardless of location. When using this solution the start-up time for Microsoft Lync 2010 is reduced to 60 seconds or less with a connection through Microsoft Exchange, ensuring optimal use of meeting time. Freestorm solutions together with Microsoft Lync 2010 offer customers a complete collaboration and productivity experience for positive business outcomes. For more information, visit

“This solution allows us to work with SMART to create solutions for our mutual customers,” says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager for Lync, Microsoft Corporation. “SMART’s solution gives customers more options for collaboration, helping them to choose products that best fit their needs.”

“SMART is committed to working with industry-leading companies to enable increased collaboration and productivity for both formal and informal meetings,” says Linda Thomas, Vice President, Products, SMART Technologies. “The audio and video capabilities of Microsoft Lync 2010 and the real time two-way collaboration tools of SMART’s interactive displays and SMART Meeting Pro software give users a far more comprehensive and effective meeting experience.”


Watch this video to see how the SMART Meeting Pro connector for Microsoft Lync enhances collaboration.

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than two million classrooms worldwide, reaching over 40 million students and their teachers. In business, our Freestorm visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.

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Marina Geronazzo

Manager, Public Relations                    

SMART Technologies Inc.

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