RealConnect for Office 365 and
Skype for Business

Extend the video collaboration experience of Skype for Business into your existing video technologies

Polycom RealConnect Overview

Polycom RealConnect provides the video interoperability between Skype for Business and standards-based endpoints.

Familiar Scheduling Experience

  • RealConnect retains the familiar Outlook meeting schedule workflow, so there is no learning curve required.
  • No third-party add-ins required.

Easy to Join

  • Skype for Business clients join the meeting via single click.
  • Select Polycom and Cisco endpoints join the meeting with one touch (One Touch Dial)

Familiar Meeting Experience

  • Skype for Business clients join the Skype for Business conferencing server and receive familiar video layout
  • Standards-based video endpoints connect to Polycom conferencing server for the familiar multipoint video layout
  • Content sharing is supported across Skype and non-Skype for Business endpoints

Throughout Skype for Business Journey

  • Skype for Business on-premises, hybrid with on-premises and online, and online (Office 365)
  • RealConnect makes it easy to plan the migration to the Skype for Business Online
  • No disruptions when users are moved from on-premises to online


Video Interoperability Simplified

Watch this video series to master video interoperability and create seamless meeting experiences with
Skype for Business and Office 365.



Flexible Deployment Options for Office 365
and Skype for Business

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Office 365

Simple and natural way for Office 365 users to meet and collaborate with existing video conferencing solutions.



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RealConnect for Office 365

Cloud-based video interoperability solution built for Office 365. End users will enjoy the simple meeting workflow and natural Skype online meeting experience, while IT admins will enjoy protecting their video investments and the simplicity of license management and provisioning from within their Office 365 portal.

Easy to schedule. Simple to join

  • Schedule a meeting in Outlook and simply invite users or devices into the meeting
  • Click to Join meetings from personal devices or room video systems (One Touch Dialing)
  • Skype for Business users see existing video systems in the same familiar Skype for Business call layout and in the participant roster
  • Skype for Business users and standards-based video can share content in the meeting

Protects your existing video investments

  • Protect your video investments by connecting Cisco, Polycom or other standards-based video endpoints into a Skype for Business call.
  • Bring immersive telepresence systems into a Skype for Business call with RealConnect

Easy to manage and provision

  • Easy initial activation via the Polycom app on the Office 365 web app.
  • License provisioning and management through the Office 365 Admin Portal
  • Works with existing video infrastructure for call control and firewall traversal
  • RealConnect video interop service is operated and supported by Polycom
  • Cloud-based service always keeps the solution up to date
  • Skype Operation Framework Certified Partner- Onboarding services available to ensure a successful Skype deployment.

Requirement for RealConnect for Office 365

  • Skype for Business Online Plan 2 enabled for users to provision RealConnect license
  • Exchange Online
  • Microsoft Office 2016 (Click-to-Run, or C2R, version 16.0.7668.2048 or higher)
  • Video endpoints must be able to reach Polycom RealConnect service (typically requires firewall traversal)
  • Bandwidth to support internet-based video calling

Microsoft and Polycom Talk Video Interop in the Cloud

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Skype for Business On-Premises/Hybrid

Providing the simple video interop solutions to users on Skype for Business on-premises and Skype for Business online users (Hybrid) through Polycom RealConnect solution hosted on-premises or as part of cloud video interoperability service

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RealConnect for Skype for Business – on-premises/hybrid

Available as the cloud-based video interoperability service or on-premises collaboration software, Polycom RealConnect delivers a seamless and natural meeting experience between Skype for Business and non-Skype for Business video solutions together. End users will enjoy the simple meeting workflow and natural Skype meeting experience, while IT admins will enjoy protecting their video investments by connecting their existing solutions to Skype meetings

Easy to schedule. Simple to join

  • Schedule meeting in Outlook and simply invite users or devices into the meeting
  • Click to Join meetings from personal devices or room video systems (One Touch Dial)
  • Skype for Business users see existing video systems in the same familiar Skype for Business call layout and in the participant roster
  • Skype for Business users and standards-based video can share content in the meeting

Supports seamless migration to Skype for Business Online

  • Cloud-based video interop service that is leveraged in Polycom RealConnect for Office 365 is available to support Skype for Business on-premises server environment
  • Flexibly support Skype for Business online and on-premises environments (hybrid)
  • RealConnect service operated and supported by Polycom’s dedicated cloud team
  • Seamless migration from Skype for Business on-premises to online environment without any disruption

Cloud-based service and on-prem software available

  • Leverage existing Polycom RealPresence Clariti collaboration infrastructure software to host the solution on-premises
  • RealConnect Hybrid, a cloud-based video interoperability service available to Skype for Business on-premises customers
  • Skype Operations Framework-based services to assess and design successful Skype for Business video deployment

TransUnion Video

TransUnion is using RealConnect for Skype for Business, Group Series, and SoundStructure C-Series to help employees collaborate globally, resulted in enhanced communication among employees, improved workflows and time savings.

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Experience seamless interoperability with Polycom, Cisco or other standards-based video endpoints in a Skype for Business online meeting.

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Skype for Business Video Guide

Lower costs, increase usage and simplify the meeting experience with Skype for Business video. Download the guide to see how your organization can benefit.


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"We started to feel like a family collaborating. It blew my mind and changed the way I thought about a global organization."

-Christina Strauch Mengel
Lead Engineer, Transunion

Resources

RealConnect for Office 365 Online Help Portal

Access the online help portal to read online documentation, watch how-to videos, and browse community pages

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3 ways to video-enable Skype for Business

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Skype for Business & Office 365 Video Guide

Lower costs, increase usage and simplify the meeting experience with Skype for Business and Office 365 video.

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Best practices in deploying Skype for Business

Enable your teams to connect from anywhere with any device using Office 365 and Skype for Business.


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Polycom RealConnect for Office 365 and Skype for Business Data Sheet

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