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Polycom Expands to Provide Largest Repository of UC Solutions

December 06, 2011

The biggest company offering UC solutions just got bigger. Standard-based UC solutions company Polycom expanded its compatibility with Microsoft’s Lync system to include other products based on session initiation protocol (SIP) for both wired and wireless voice communication.

Lync makes it possible for you to connect to other people working on a project and effectively communicate with as many people as you’d like without having to learn the ropes as much as you would with other unified communications software. This software couples with UC hardware, such as headsets, telephone systems, and other devices like those offered by Polycom to unify text messaging, instant messaging, voice communication, web conferences, and audio/video communication all in one package that works with Microsoft Office products.

“We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with Microsoft by extending our broad solution portfolio with interoperability for Microsoft Lync. Polycom's strategic relationship with Microsoft enables customers across the globe to multiply the return on solution investments they have in place today and will need in the future,” said EVP Sue Hayden of Strategic Alliances, Polycom. “By directly interoperating with Microsoft Lync across a comprehensive range of HD video and voice solutions, Polycom delivers a true UC experience that enables users to be much more productive and collaborative.”

Polycom now offers its CX7000 unified group video collaboration system, which integrates all of the communication that Microsoft Lync offers and brings the features into a conference environment. Imagine sitting in your conference room and talking to people abroad with the push of a button, receiving a video and audio feed into a screen for everyone in the room to interact with. This is more than a business toy. It’s a way of breaking the barriers that communicating over a distance used to have.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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