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Polycom, Microsoft ink video deal on Office 365, Skype for Business

Polycom, Microsoft ink video deal on Office 365, Skype for Business

Polycom, a multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology and Microsoft corporation have entered into key video collaboration alliances to deliver value to their customers.

Under the plan, the two tech companies will expand the reach of Skype for business meetings for Polycom customers of all sizes to leverage their existing video investments as they move to Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business environments.

Also, Microsoft customers new to video collaboration will have the option to use Polycom’s technologies in their new deployments. Customers will as well be able to collaborate with other existing video platforms using a new cloud video interoperability service built by Polycom and Microsoft.

Both companies said in a press statement that Polycom’s industry-leading RealPresence Group Series in-room video conferencing solutions will be qualified on Skype for Business Server and supported on Office 365.

Polycom RealPresence Touch will make it even easier for Skype for Business users to integrate video conferencing into current workflows.

RealPresence Group Series solutions are used for meetings of all kinds, from huddle rooms to immersive telepresence rooms, which will enable Skype for Business to extend into conference rooms, boardrooms, and meeting rooms of all sizes.

In addition, as part of Microsoft’s newly announced Project Rigel, Polycom will deliver a new line of room solutions purpose built for Skype for Business that will offer plug-and-play simplicity in a variety of configurations to meet the needs of any sized business and any sized room. Furthermore, Polycom’s leading voice and video technologies, such as Polycom CX5100 and Polycom RealPresence Trio, will be certified for Project Rigel solutions.

Peter Leav, Chief Executive Officer, Polycom said that, “over the course of our 12-year partnership, Polycom and Microsoft have worked in tandem to deliver industry-leading collaboration solutions designed to promote enhanced productivity and workflows, while providing an unmatched user experience,”

According to the Polycom CEO, “our customers have told us that they rely on our combined solutions to reach the highest level of productivity and efficiency. Together, we equip our customers of all sizes with cloud-ready solutions that will help them realise the powerful benefits of collaboration in the workplace of the future.”

The two companies also announced that Polycom will deliver an industry-first, cloud-based video interoperability service, hosted in the Microsoft Cloud, for Office 365 customers. This enables Office 365 customers to leverage their existing video investments and unite with those of other vendors, including Polycom, Microsoft and Cisco, as they move to the cloud.

Commenting on the deal, Zig Serafin, Corporate Vice President, Skype for Business said “Uniting Skype for Business in Office 365 with Polycom’s high-quality audio and video solutions gives customers the most complete collaboration toolkit for the modern workplace.”

The announcement signifies the next step in the close relationship between the two companies and adds to Polycom’s portfolio of voice solutions certified for Office 365 and Skype for Business, the companies said.

The software update for Polycom Group Series to be supported by Office 365 is expected to be available for customers by second half of this year, while the video solution for Microsoft Skype for Business will be avaible by the end of this year. Finally, the Polycom‘s cloud video interoperability service is expected to be available by first half of 2017.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng