New Polycom and Microsoft UC initiative

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Polycom has signed a multi-year, strategic global agreement with Microsoft to deliver integrated end-to-end unified communications (UC) and to improve customers’ business productivity. 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.

Polycom and Microsoft say that they ”share a vision for business productivity solutions built on standards-based platforms that work with the tools and applications people know and use today”. The companies’ strategic agreement is a major step towards streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices. 

“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 organisations 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. “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.”

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 optimised for Microsoft UC, featuring Polycom’s 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

The companies will bring the new solutions to market with shared:

  • Sales resources and training
  • Integrated marketing campaigns
  • Collaboration to develop and support channel partners
  • Polycom participation in multiple Microsoft Technology Centers around the globe
  • Global governance and cadence around voice and video UC solutions
  • Common messaging and industry presence to drive adoption of UC

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