- 11 March 2016 11:43
Polycom and Microsoft to Extend Video Collaboration in Office 365 and Skype for Business
SYDNEY – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Microsoft Corp. have announced plans to expand the reach of Skype for Business meetings enabling Polycom customers of all sizes to leverage their 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 proven technologies in their new deployments. 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 industry-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 TouchTM device 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 TrioTM, will be certified for Project Rigel solutions.
“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,” said Peter Leav, Chief Executive Officer, Polycom. “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.”
Many customers are looking to bridge heterogeneous solution environments as they move to Office 365. The two companies also announced today that Polycom will deliver an industry-first, cloud-based video interoperability service, hosted in the Microsoft Cloud, for Office 365 customers. This enables 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.
“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,” said Zig Serafin, Corporate Vice President, Skype for Business.
Today’s announcement signifies the next step in the close relationship between the two companies and adds to Polycom’s portfolio of voice solutions certified for Office 365 and Skype for Business. For more information on how Polycom and Microsoft are preparing customers for the workplace of the future, please see here: http://www.polycom.com.sg/collaboration-solutions/microsoft-unified-communications.html
Investment: Software update for Polycom Group Series to be supported by Office 365 - Planned Availability: 2H 2016
Investment: New Video Solution Portfolio for Microsoft Skype for Business - Planned Availability: End of 2016
Investment: Polycom’s cloud video interoperability service - Planned Availability: End of 2016
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