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Polycom Expands Interoperability with Microsoft Lync

December 08, 2011

Polycom, a provider of standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions, announced that it has increased interoperability with Microsoft Lync to additional Polycom SIP-based wired and wireless voice products.

According to Polycom, the Polycom CX7000 is the first video collaboration solution to be qualified by Microsoft as “optimized for Microsoft Lync.” It combines all the features of Lync with Polycom’s HD technology to create a seamless UC experience. It enhances productivity by fetching high degree collaboration by simply sharing high quality content through the familiar Lync interface and leverages Microsoft Lync investment by providing a powerful collaboration tool that doesn't require any additional gateways or infrastructure.

Using the special tight coupled integration between the Polycom and Microsoft solutions, customers can get a spontaneous interface, a simplified UC experience, and a unified HD video experience. For example, users would be able to click on a calendar event to join meetings and, with simple conference leader controls, they can easily see presence and drag-and-drop participants into the call for more productive and efficient meetings.

The order price of the Polycom CX7000 starts at $9,999 through Polycom authorized solution providers, direct market resellers, systems integrators, service providers, and distributors.

Officials with Microsoft Lync remarked that Polycom’s solutions such as the CX7000, custom-built for full integration with Microsoft Lync  are an ideal complement to Microsoft Lync environments and help to deliver on the promise of truly unified communications. Polycom and Microsoft are furthering the adoption of video collaboration and Microsoft Lync by delivering comprehensive UC solutions that help enable a rich video collaboration experience and improved meeting productivity.

Polycom claimed that it recently won the 2011 Microsoft Unified Communication Innovation Partner of the Year award for its leadership in delivering innovations that provide powerful, enterprise-grade UC and visual collaboration solutions for customers.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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