Polycom teams with Microsoft to bring Communications Server "14"



Polycom and Microsoft have formed an expansive Unified Communications partnership which will include delivering Communications Server "14". Communications Server "14" is a powerful presence and collaboration office tool which includes elements such as VoIP, skills search and the ability to allow workers to operate remotely.

Polycom is set to develop systems for Microsoft Communications Server "14" for the foreseeable future in a multi-year contract.
ZDNet reported that the deal would be good for Polycom: "As one of the last independent video conferencing companies, the Microsoft partnership gives the company marketing heft in the battle with Cisco/Tandberg."
ZDnet also listed the outcomes of the partnership -

•Polycom will develop UC systems for Microsoft Communications Server 14 and beyond.
•Polycom CX systems will be optimized for Microsoft UC.
•Room-based systems from Polycom will be able to integrate with Microsoft Communications Server "14".
•The two parties will work on other interoperable systems.
•Polycom and Microsoft will partner on sales and training, marketing, channel partners and demonstrations.

Meanwhile Telcom News talked about the cost saving benefits of the partnership. Not only will the deal improve customers’ business productivity, but: "under the agreement, Polycom plans to develop and market standards-based UC solutions to span the enterprise, SMB, and government markets. It will encompass hardware, software, networking and services, and will enable customers to reduce telecom, travel and IT operating costs." The site also has a video interview between Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Unified Communication at Microsoft and Andrew Miller, Polycom president and CEO.

Research by the companies shows that 70% of the comapnies which are considering UC are thinking of using Microsoft Communications Server "14".

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