Polycom Brings Familiar and Consistent Skype for Business User Interface to Polycom Group Series Video Endpoints

Familiar Skype for Business user interface also now also available on RealPresence Trio and VVX 500 and 600 Series Business Media phones


SAN JOSE, Calif/ATLANTA, Ga - Sep 26, 2016: 

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is extending the familiar Skype for Business user experience by announcing today that the Polycom Group Series video endpoints will include the Skype for Business User Interface. In addition to today’s announcement, Polycom is also extending the Skype for Business user interface to popular voice solutions, including the Polycom VVX 500 and 600 Series Business Media phones and the  Polycom® RealPresence Trio conference phone™.

Many organizations are wanting to move to one interface for collaboration tools to make it easy for users to join calls from any endpoint or software application. Consistency of scheduling, joining and managing a collaboration session is critical to driving user adoption.  Polycom is making this a reality by extending the easy to use Skype for Business experience beyond the desktop and mobile applications to popular voice and video solutions used in conference rooms and offices of all sizes. Customers can now seamlessly schedule, dial and join a Skype for Business call from a greater number of solutions providing one extended Skype for Business experience.  

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Polycom is extending the familiar Skype for Business user experience by announcing today that the Polycom Group Series video endpoints, Polycom RealPresence Trio and the Polycom VVX 500 and 600 Business media phones will include the Skype for Business User Interface.

“Many organizations across the globe are moving toward consolidating their UC environments into a single interface to drive a consistent user experience and ease of use,” says Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research.  “The desire to enable a consistent method of scheduling collaboration sessions and a single-click to join meetings from any application and any location is a top priority.  Polycom’s Group Series, VVX phones, and RealPresence Trio conference phone solutions with a familiar Skype for Business user interface will enable an integrated meeting experience, and improved collaboration for Skype for Business customers.”

Existing customers who have moved, or are planning to move, to a Skype for Business environment will be able to access this new user interface via a software download. All three solutions are planned to be qualified on Office 365, available in Q4 and demonstrated at Microsoft Ignite (Polycom booth #1624).

In addition, Polycom has officially become a Skype Operations Framework partner and will assist customers with all facets of the Skype for Business lifecycle, including planning, deployment, adoption, and operations. 

About Polycom

Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection.  Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events, including statements regarding Polycom becoming a Skype Operations Framework partner and the new Polycom solutions with Microsoft being qualified and available in Q4.  These forward-looking statements reflect our current intentions and are identified by terminology such as “designed”, “will”, “planned” and other similar statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including future agreements; changes to our strategic areas of focus; and possible delays in the development, availability and shipment of new products due to engineering, manufacturing or other delays. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2016, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

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