Polycom and Microsoft to extend collaboration interoperability10 March 2016
Polycom and Microsoft have announced plans to expand the reach of Skype for Business meetings to allow Polycom customers to leverage their existing video collaboration solutions as they move to Microsoft 365 and Skype for Business environments.
Customers will also be able to collaborate with other existing video platforms using, what is claimed to be, the industry’s first cloud-based video interoperability service, built by Polycom and Microsoft. The service will also offer the capabilities of Polycom RealConnect technology, which provides users of Skype for Business and non-Microsoft endpoints with the same Skype for Business collaboration experience.
Polycom RealPresence Group Series will be certified on Skype for Business Server and supported on Office 365.
In addition, as part of Microsoft’s newly announced Project Rigel, Polycom will deliver a new line of room solutions exclusively for Skype for Business, and existing products such as Polycom CX5100 and Polycom RealPresence Trio, will be certified for Project Rigel solutions.
“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,” said Peter Leav, CEO, Polycom. “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.”
“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,” said Zig Serafin, corporate VP, Skype for Business.