News : Polycom Strengthens Partnership with Microsoft
San Jose, Calif., Feb 4, 2014 -- Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) announces an expansion of its portfolio of offerings for Microsoft(R) Lync(R) to include the new Polycom(R) CX8000 room system for Microsoft Lync, a video conferencing system that brings the power of Microsoft Lync to the conference room with HD video, simple room controls and an optional, center-of-table experience with the family of 360-degree cameras for Microsoft Lync.
The Polycom CX8000 solution is a videoconferencing room system for Microsoft Lync that includes presence, contact search, instant messaging, HD video conferencing, HD audio, virtual white boarding, touch display-powered presentations, application sharing, editing on shared documents, and more. The Polycom CX8000 room system for Microsoft Lync includes several features that help users take advantage of Microsoft Lync 2013 such as built-in multiparty video and a better overall audio and video experience that leverages the open standards-based scalable video coding (SVC) implementation. The addition of lifecycle services helps drive adoption for video and voice collaboration in Microsoft Lync environments, ultimately increasing usage and driving a greater return on investment.
Polycom plans to offer the Polycom(R) CX5100 Unified Conference Station, upon completion of qualification, as an optional feature for the Polycom CX8000. The Polycom CX5100 system is a 360-degree, panoramic 1080p HD video collaboration camera and phone combination that delivers a center-of-the-table experience and Polycom’s HD Voice. Polycom CX5100 can be used in conjunction with Polycom CX8000, as well as with computers through a USB connection (see related press release and video).
"We turned to Microsoft and Polycom for a state-of-the-art and feature-rich unified communications solution that is easy to use and manage. Previously, we had been dealing with a very fragmented, aging and unreliable set of phone systems solutions from a range of vendors," said Arian de Wit, General Manager, Information & Technology for New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. "We first installed Microsoft Lync for presence and IM and then added Polycom phones. The result has been excellent voice quality that’s helped us remove the barrier of distance between our employees and we’ve had great feedback about the ease-of-use of phone features like voicemail and dial-by-name. We’ve been so pleased with the simplicity and ease of use that we will look at replacing our aging videoconferencing systems from another vendor soon, as they now seem like a ‘legacy’ solution. The Microsoft and Polycom solution and direction is clearly superior to other options."
"We have long worked with Polycom to ensure our solutions are interoperable and we’re delighted to add Polycom CX8000 for Microsoft Lync video system to the portfolio," said Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Lync Product Marketing for Microsoft. "With Polycom, we’re able to solve the problems organizations face. Together we provide reliable unified communications and collaboration because Polycom shares our commitment to providing the highest quality products and superior customer support."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014