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Polycom announces relationship with Microsoft for end-to-end Unified Communications
Posted on 10-Aug-2010 08:29. | Tags Filed under: News.

Polycom, Inc. has signed a multi-year, global agreement with Microsoft Corp. to deliver integrated end-to-end unified communications (UC).

Under the agreement, Polycom plans to develop and market standards-based UC solutions that span the enterprise, small-to-medium business, and government markets, that will encompass software, hardware, networking and services, and will enable customers to improve business productivity and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs.

"Microsoft and Polycom solutions play a critical role within our current and future unified communications strategy," said Martin Smale, IT director at NDS, a News Corp. company. "We're already benefiting from improved collaboration, increased productivity, and significant ROI based on our existing UC network, and we're looking forward to leveraging the expanded offerings from two of our most valued vendors in the UC space."

"Our research shows that nearly 70 percent of the companies considering a unified communications solution are thinking of deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server," said Brent Kelly, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. "These enterprises need seamless integration and interoperability between Office Communicator on the desktop and personal, group, and telepresence video solutions like those offered by Polycom for executive offices, meeting suites, and conference rooms. By working together, Microsoft and Polycom are making it easier for organizations to have a true end-to-end unified communications environment, which includes high definition video."

As part of this long-term strategic agreement, each company is investing in product development, sales, and marketing. Through resources, investments, and strong field engagement, Polycom and Microsoft will deliver UC solutions, offering customers the flexibility to deploy the features that help them lower their costs, improve productivity and meet their unique business needs.

"Microsoft and Polycom are committed to a roadmap that will deliver interoperable UC solutions with choice and innovation in video conferencing and customer devices that will help transform enterprise communications," said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Unified Communication at Microsoft. "By integrating video, voice, instant messaging and conferencing solutions, Microsoft and Polycom give customers the ability to be present, anytime, anywhere."

"Polycom and Microsoft deliver a winning combination to our customers around the globe by delivering seamless, easy-to-use, high-definition communications at the click of a mouse," said Andrew Miller, Polycom president and CEO. "Polycom is 100 percent committed to delivering best-in-breed, standards-based, fully interoperable UC solutions to market, and Microsoft is integral in helping us achieve this goal and meet the needs of our customers."

The roadmap entails Polycom developing a broad base of solutions for Microsoft Communications Server 14 and beyond, including:

New and next-generation Polycom CX series endpoints optimized for Microsoft UC, featuring Polycom's market-leading HD video and voice technologies
New, innovative room-based video systems designed specifically for enabling direct integration with Microsoft Communications Server "14"
Additional interoperable solutions between Polycom's existing and future video conferencing solutions
Global Polycom / Microsoft UC Go-to-Market Initiatives

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