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Polycom, Microsoft to extend video collaboration solutions

DUBAI, March 10, 2016

Polycom and Microsoft Corp are set to expand the reach of Skype for Business meetings, so the former's customers of all sizes will be able to leverage the existing video investments as they move to Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business environments.
 
In addition, Microsoft customers new to video collaboration will have the option to use Polycom’s technologies in their new deployments, said a statement.
 
The customers will also be able to collaborate with other existing video platforms using a new cloud video interoperability service built by Polycom and Microsoft.
 
Polycom’s leading RealPresence Group Series in-room video conferencing solutions will be qualified on Skype for Business Server and supported on Office 365. 
 
A familiar Skype for Business-like user-interface on the Polycom RealPresence Touch will make it even easier for Skype for Business users to integrate video conferencing into current workflows. 
 
RealPresence Group Series solutions are used for meetings of all kinds, from huddle rooms to immersive telepresence rooms, which will enable Skype for Business to extend into conference rooms, boardrooms, and meeting rooms of all sizes.
 
In addition, as part of Microsoft’s newly announced Project Rigel, Polycom will deliver a new line of room solutions purpose built for Skype for Business that will offer plug-and-play simplicity in a variety of configurations to meet the needs of any sized business and any sized room. 
 
Additionally, Polycom’s leading voice and video technologies, such as Polycom CX5100 and Polycom RealPresence Trio, will be certified for Project Rigel solutions.
 
Peter Leav, chief executive officer, Polycom, said: “Over the course of our 12-year partnership, Polycom and Microsoft have worked in tandem to deliver industry-leading collaboration solutions designed to promote enhanced productivity and workflows, while providing an unmatched user experience. 
 
“Our customers have told us that they rely on our combined solutions to reach the highest level of productivity and efficiency. Together, we equip our customers of all sizes with cloud-ready solutions that will help them realise the powerful benefits of collaboration in the workplace of the future.”
 
Meanwhile, the two companies also announced that Polycom will deliver an industry-first, cloud-based video interoperability service, hosted in the Microsoft Cloud, for Office 365 customers. 
 
This will enable Office 365 customers to leverage their existing video investments and unite with those of other vendors, including Polycom, Microsoft and Cisco, as they move to the cloud. 
 
The service will also offer the capabilities of Polycom RealConnect technology which provides users of Skype for Business and non-Microsoft endpoints with the same Skype for Business collaboration experience.  
 
Zig Serafin, corporate vice president, Skype for Business, said: “Uniting Skype for Business in Office 365 with Polycom’s high-quality audio and video solutions gives customers the most complete collaboration toolkit for the modern workplace.” - TradeArabia News Service



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