Polycom Broadens Portfolio of Seamlessly Integrated Voice and Video Solutions Optimized for Microsoft Unified Communications

Polycom Offers Enhanced Collaboration for Microsoft Communications Server "14" and Video Experience with Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Exchange Server

Mar 22, 2010, PLEASANTON, Calif. and VoiceCon Orlando

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions, today announced it is expanding its relationship with Microsoft Corp. to jointly develop and deliver an extended portfolio of unified communications (UC) solutions that will enable more effective collaboration for its customers. Polycom is the only company that offers a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions spanning voice, video and application integration for Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 and Microsoft Communications Server "14", Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft Active Directory.

Expanded Portfolio of Solutions for Communications Server "14"
At VoiceCon Orlando, Polycom is introducing three new CX series phones. These new network-based IP phones include two handsets and the industry's first and only IP conference phone optimized for Microsoft Communicator "14." The new phones are also the first Microsoft-optimized phones to feature Polycom HD Voice™ technology and offer the most robust feature set of any endpoints designed for Communications Server "14." The latest additions to the Polycom CX series include:

  • The Polycom CX500 phone – designed for use in public areas such as lobbies, break rooms or hallways
  • The Polycom CX600 desktop phone – delivers rich presence and exceptional voice quality to a mid-range desktop phone
  • The Polycom CX3000 conference phone – provides outstanding voice quality and rich presence for more productive and efficient conference calls and is the only conference phone currently optimized for Microsoft Communicator "14"

The CX series' native integration with Communications Server "14" simplifies phone deployment and management and provides an unparalleled, rich communication experience. Polycom phones feature a familiar Microsoft user experience, such as presence, contact lists, single sign-on capabilities, user-associated numbers (as opposed to device-specific numbers), and easy, click-to-call and click-to-conference capabilities.

"A unified communications infrastructure that includes Polycom and Microsoft solutions will give CDOT the reliability, flexibility and scalability we need to collaborate on demand throughout the state using voice, video and more," said Thom Rivera, enterprise architect for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "As we begin our journey to further integrate a Polycom experience with Microsoft Office Communications Server, we look forward to the possibility of synchronizing our entire UC environment with capabilities such as scheduling, calendaring, IM and Active Directory."

"Polycom is widely regarded as one of the pioneers in collaboration technologies and is taking a leadership role in articulating the value of integrating into leading UC environments," said Matt Davis, director of Consumer and SMB Telecom Services, IDC. "Microsoft's user interface at the PC level with Polycom's user experience at the device level provide a flexible, scalable and intuitive UC solution that enables customers to leverage the latest technologies."

Expanded Integration with Microsoft Collaboration Tools
The new Polycom CX series phones enhance Polycom's broad portfolio of solutions for Microsoft environments which also include deep telepresence and video conferencing integration. Recent telepresence and video conferencing developments include:

  • Polycom Conferencing for Microsoft Outlook – This breakthrough solution for Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook dramatically simplifies how users schedule and join video meetings with Polycom HDX room systems . By putting Polycom visual communication into the normal Outlook workflow, Polycom Conferencing for Outlook can reduce administrative support requirements and drive higher use of productivity-enhancing and cost-saving visual communication investments.
  • Polycom Microsoft SharePoint Server Solution – Video-enabled SharePoint Server sites make it easy for users to publish, manage and view video media content securely, offering the capabilities of the Polycom Video Media Center™ (VMC™) 1000 within the SharePoint Server site. Users can leverage Polycom video endpoints to easily and cost-effectively create their own high-quality video content that can be automatically uploaded to the Polycom VMC 1000.

"Polycom delivers a broad portfolio of exceptional voice and video experiences in a Microsoft environment," said Kirk Gregersen, senior director ofCommunications Server Marketing at Microsoft. "Our customers are looking for flexible solutions that integrate seamlessly and are highly reliable. Polycom is working to expand its offering of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Microsoft environments as well as develop next-generation communications that will result in higher productivity and enhanced collaboration for businesses around the globe."

"We continue to deliver on the Polycom Open Collaboration Network strategy by bringing to market the industry's broadest solutions portfolio that integrates with the market-leading UC solutions ," said Jim Kruger, Polycom vice president Solution Product Marketing. "Microsoft is clearly a leader in delivering Unified Communications. Our expanded partnership will benefit our customers by allowing them to leverage their existing UC environments and protect their long-term investments in technologies such as Communications Server, Exchange Server, Outlook and other key Microsoft business applications."

Polycom offers the most comprehensive voice and video collaboration solutions for Microsoft Unified Communications environments , including a highly scalable infrastructure platform for enabling reliable, broad-scale video deployments across organizations; industry-leading telepresence, HD video conferencing and desktop video collaboration systems that enable people to work more effectively across distances; integrated recording and streaming for capturing and sharing conferences and video content, allowing teams to use real-time communication to create video assets for more effective communication; and a complete line of VoIP phones designed specifically to leverage the presence-based contact capabilities of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to simplify everyday communications.

The enhanced Polycom integration with Exchange Server, Outlook and SharePoint Server are planned for availability in the second quarter of 2010. The new Polycom CX IP phones are scheduled for release when Communications Server "14" becomes available.

About the Polycom Open Collaboration Network
Polycom's integration efforts with its partners like Microsoft support Polycom's Open Collaboration Network strategy, providing an open and interoperable collaboration solution that gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment. By working with leading unified communications platform providers, Polycom is able to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit www.polycom.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom .

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Robin Raulf-Sager Polycom, Inc. Tel: +1 303.583.5342 robin.raulf-sager@polycom.com