Polycom videoconferencing Microsoft

How does it sound like to have swift communications across work environments? Be it on the go, home and work offices, conference rooms and immersive theatres, you can now work across all these platforms thanks to integration between Polycom and Microsoft Lync.

Polycom, being a well-known leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), has allocated a room system for Microsoft Lync 2013. Basically Microsoft Lync is a multi-way content sharing application. Polycom’s RealPresence video and voice solutions and Microsoft Lync bring together communications across different platforms.

With RealPresence and Lync, users only need to launch video collaboration sessions from anywhere by clicking a name in their Lync contact list to collaborate face-to-face via Polycom video. Ted Colton, Global Vice President of Strategic Alliances a Polycom says the collaboration with Microsoft helps eliminate geographic distance between employees.  The new dedicated room system built especially for Lync 2013 will be the driving force for more value from mutual customers between the two companies.

Soon, Polycom will launch a new dedicated video conferencing room system that combines Mircrosoft Lync 2013 and Polycom video collaboration technology. Think high-end Polycom camera and microphone options, touchscreen monitors and a tabletop touch controller. If you are familiar with Lync, this room system will include the rich presence, contact search and instant messaging features that Lync offers. Not only that, it has video conferencing with white boarding, PowerPoint presentations, application sharing and editing, among others.

Microsoft Outlook will be used to help users manage meeting rooms. This room system also includes some special features of Lync 2013 such as built-in multi-party video and Scalable Video Coding, which was launched by Polycom in October last year. Additionally, Polycom’s latest HD video collaboration systems for rooms and budgets of all sizes, the Polycom RealPresence Group Series (300, 500 and 700), can also connect with Microsoft Lync 2010.

Additionally, Polycom’s RealPresence Content Sharing Suite allows Lync users to share content back and forth with video collaboration devices such as room-based video solutions like Polycom HDX systems or even mobile apps such as Polycom’s RealPresence Mobile 2.0 app. Before this, Lync users can view content as part of video stream, but the new feature lets Lync users to view and share documents and presentations in a separate content video stream.

One example of a company that uses Polycom and Microsoft solutions is Lonza, a supplier in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. It uses these solutions to create a more flexible working environment for its 11,000 staff across 90 sites. Smiths Group PLC, a UK-based global technology firm, also uses these solutions at 400 locations in over 50 countries. Smiths also uses Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 app for mobile staff using tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, these solutions can also be used to enable distance learning, such as with the University of the West of England, which uses Polycom and Microsoft interoperable solutions to enable faculty members to confer with students remotely.

Just recently, Polycom has expressed its intention to acquire Sentri, Inc., a provider of advanced services with expertise in Microsoft technologies. This shows a long term commitment to the company’s alliance with Microsoft. All Lync 2010-interoperable Polycom video and voice solutions and the RealPresence Content Sharing Suite are available today. Visit Polycom for more info on Polycom and Microsoft relationship.

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