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Polycom and Microsoft ally to broaden video-UC portfolio

As part of Microsoft's vision to broaden the availability of Microsoft RoundTable, Polycom has licensed the right to distribute RoundTable, effective immediately. The product, renamed as Polycom CX5000 Unified Conference Station, will be available through Polycom and its extensive channel network.

Known respectively for innovative collaboration solutions, Microsoft and Polycom are working together to help customers enhance team communication and collaboration with voice and video conferencing. As a leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, Polycom continues to expand the market for visual communication with a range of new solutions that will put video conferencing and collaboration capabilities into general purpose, point-to-point, and multipoint environments. The CX5000 adds to Polycom's broad portfolio and enables it to address the video collaboration needs of organisations that rely on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Live Meeting service.

Originally launched by Microsoft in October 2007, the CX5000 is a plug-and-play device that connects to a PC through a USB connection and does not require any extra provisioning or configuration — the user can walk into a conference room, plug in a laptop, and start a meeting. The CX5000 is designed for enterprises that use Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 or Office Communications Server 2007 and want a simple way to add audio and visual communication to an Office Live Meeting or Office Communications Server 2007 session. When used with Office Live Meeting service, or as part of Office Communications Server 2007, the CX5000 combines content, a panoramic 360-degree view of the entire meeting room, and a separate view of the active speaker for a unique and engaging voice and video experience.

Polycom says it offers a full suite of devices that integrate with Office Communications Server 2007. Polycom's series of CX phones optimised for Office Communications Server 2007 includes the CX700 IP telephone, CX200 desktop USB phone and CX100 personal speakerphone. These phones deliver crystal-clear, wideband audio and provide full, convenient access to the advanced presence-enabled features of Office Communications Server 2007. For versatile video communications, Polycom's HDX video endpoints register, authenticate and share presence information with Office Communications Server 2007, making it simple for users to launch video calls by clicking on presence-enabled contacts to see the availability status of Polycom video and telepresence users. Additionally, Polycom's RMX 2000 real-time media conferencing platform works with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R 2, allowing users to launch on-demand voice, video and unified (voice and video) conferences with other standards-based video and voice endpoints.

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