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Polycom delivers embedded support for Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 on video endpoints & bridges

  • 27 September, 2005 11:46

<p>Software upgrades enable end-users to click on buddy lists and initiate high quality video calls between Microsoft Office Communicator and Polycom video endpoints</p>
<p>Polycom®, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM], the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, has announced shipment of phase two integration with Microsoft’s latest generation presence-based collaboration solutions. Polycom’s market-leading desktop and conference room video systems and bridges now offer embedded software support for Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005.</p>
<p>For the first time, end-users can simply add Polycom PVX, V500, VSX 3000, VSX 5000, VSX 7000, and VSX 8000 video endpoints as “buddies” on an instant message buddy list in Communicator. As a result of software release version 8.0 for both the Polycom VSX series and Polycom PVX as well as the MGC 7.0.2 software upgrades, users can initiate high-quality, multiparty video calls and share content with each other or with any Polycom desktop PVX or VSX series group video conferencing endpoint.</p>
<p>Support by the Polycom MGC conference bridge, which supports the broadest array of PSTN, ISDN, H.320, H.323 and SIP devices, means that Live Communications Server and Polycom customers can initiate multipoint calls connecting any type of endpoint over any network for a truly unified conferencing experience. Enterprises and service providers can expand the reach of Microsoft real time collaboration beyond the PC, adding Polycom video as a critical component of presence-based collaboration.</p>
<p>“Customers benefit from the latest integration of Polycom systems into the Microsoft real time collaboration environment, increasing remote workgroup productivity, efficiency within organisations, and overall competitiveness,” said Marc Sanders, senior product manager, Microsoft Real Time Collaboration Group.</p>
<p>“Having the embedded support for Communicator and Live Communications Server within Polycom’s endpoints and bridges ensures a seamless, high quality experience for end-users and network administrators alike. Polycom provides another strong example of the vibrant industry partner ecosystem developing rich solutions on the Microsoft collaboration platform,” added Sanders.</p>
<p>“Delivery of the new software represents the latest milestone in the multi-year strategic alliance between the two companies to simplify and broaden access to video,” said Jean-Francois Poulain, vice president and managing director, Polycom Asia Pacific. “Microsoft and Polycom are collaborating on the development of integrated solutions to deliver the best presence-based collaborative experience between desktop PCs and mobile devices, applications, and audio/video conferencing systems throughout and between enterprises.”</p>
<p>Presence-based collaboration involves providing desktop users the choice to initiate on-demand voice, video, data sharing, and instant messaging sessions - all from a single mouse click. Polycom offers a broad range and reach of solutions to complement Microsoft collaboration, including video endpoint integration, video and voice bridging, web collaboration, security, and telephony/VoIP solutions.</p>
<p>Along with the Polycom MGC and ReadiConvene video bridges, all PVX and VSX video endpoints can now automatically register, authenticate and publish availability information (away, online, busy) to Live Communications Server. This simplifies the deployment and management of on-demand, presence-based conferencing and collaboration.</p>
<p>Availability
Polycom PVX and VSX version 8.0 and MGC 7.0.2 software upgrades are available today through Certified Polycom Channels.</p>
<p>About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximise the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. The NASDAQ-listed company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA, and has Asia-Pacific offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. For additional information, visit the Polycom site at www.polycomasia.com or call 1800-355-355.</p>
<p>Polycom and the Polycom are registered trademarks and VSX, PVX, and VTX, are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2005, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.</p>
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