Polycom Delivers ‘Breakthrough’ Video Integration for Microsoft UC

Polycom has announced an expansion of its integrated visual communication solutions for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange with what they claim are breakthrough capabilities that make it easier for organisations to deploy, manage and use Polycom telepresence, high-definition (HD) video conferencing and desktop video collaboration within Microsoft unified communications (UC) environments.

Polycom says it offers ‘the most comprehensive voice and video collaboration solutions for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, including a highly scalable infrastructure platform for enabling reliable, broad-scale video deployments across organisations; 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; and a complete line of VoIP phones designed specifically to leverage the presence-based contact capabilities of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to simplify everyday communications.’

“Polycom and Microsoft are aligned in making people more productive and helping organisations become more efficient and competitive through improved communication and collaboration,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom. “Polycom’s integrated solution for Microsoft unified communications environments puts powerful, productivity-enhancing telepresence, desktop video collaboration, multipoint calling, and video recording and streaming capabilities just one-click away – all within the familiar Microsoft applications that millions of people use every day. Polycom is accelerating its efforts with Polycom Open Collaboration Network (POCN) partners like Microsoft to deliver integrated unified communications and collaboration solutions that provide customers with open interoperability, flexibility and investment protection.”

As part of its expanded offering for Microsoft UC environments, Polycom is introducing an video scheduling solution for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook that will help organisations realise greater productivity gains and higher return on unified communication and collaboration investments by increasing the use of video collaboration and lowering operational costs.