Polycom (News - Alert), Inc., a global player in telepresence, video, and voice solutions, has expanded its relationship with Microsoft (News - Alert) Corp. to jointly develop and deliver an extended portfolio of unified communications, or “UC,” solutions that will enable more effective collaboration for its customers.
Officials with Polycom said that the company is introducing three new CX series phones.
According to company officials, these new network-based IP phones include two handsets and the industry's first and only IP conference phone optimized for Microsoft Communicator 14.
Company officials claimed that 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 CX series' native integration with Communications Server 14 simplifies phone deployment and management and provides an unparalleled, rich communication experience.
In addition, 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.
“Polycom delivers a broad portfolio of exceptional voice and video experiences in a Microsoft environment,” said Kirk Gregersen, senior director of Communications Server Marketing at Microsoft, in a statement, adding that the company’s customers are looking for flexible solutions that integrate seamlessly and are highly reliable.
He said that 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 (News - Alert), vice president solution product marketing, Polycom, adding that 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,” he said.
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Edited by Kelly McGuire