Polycom and Microsoft continue to offer an integrated solution, this time with Polycom’s introduction of RealConnect for Microsoft Lync. The solution is designed to unify video collaboration across Lync and non-Lync environments by simplifying the end-user video experience. RealConnect brings Lync and non-Lync users together, allowing users to choose the platform they prefer.
Sales of video conferencing and telepresence hardware systems are declining, hurt by an increase in cloud and software-based options that often are cheaper and simpler to deploy, according to an IDC study.
In 2014's first quarter, video conferencing equipment revenue shrank 16 percent worldwide year over year to $473.5 million, while units sold fell 6.2 percent.
Polycom expanded its ongoing partnership with Microsoft to include the new Polycom CX8000 room system, integrating an HD video conferencing system with Microsoft Lync. The Polycom CX8000 solution also includes presence, contact search, instant messaging, HD audio, virtual white boarding, touch display-powered presentations, application sharing, and shared document editing.
Polycom has released research results revealing that 96% of business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams.
Respondents who use video conferencing today rated video’s top advantages as:
Polycom’s latest software release of the RealPresence Resource Manager (v8.0) can now support up to 50,000 video devices, including mobile smartphones and tablets, desktop clients, and up to 10,000 group video collaboration systems. The new release also features enhancements in monitoring, provisioning, and reporting, according to the company.
Polycom plans to break down one more set of barriers to videoconferencing early next year with a cloud-based software platform that can set up sessions with anyone who uses Facebook, Skype, or certain other online services.
Polycom today unveiled a new videoconferencing application, RealPresence Mobile, that will run on the iPad 2 and Android tablets.
The app runs on Polycom's RealPresence platform, which runs its standard videoconferencing rooms and terminals that include larger high-definition televisions and speaker systems. The idea is to encourage even more videoconferencing use by enabling the tablets to talk with the larger videoconference rooms.
Videoconference system vendor Polycom has introduced a new room video telepresence system that comes with the Microsoft Lync unified communications platform built right in. Because the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System features tight integration with Lync, participants in video meetings will experience the same user interface (UI) they are familiar with when using Lync on their desktop computers, as well as the familiar Polycom UI.
Polycom unveiled a software strategy designed to enhance HD video collaboration and it disclosed a new partnership with Jive Software to integrate Polycom HD video into Jive's social business platform.
Polycom software strategy is a key component of its growth strategy, and provides four key initiatives. In a statement, the company said that the strategy is designed to help it:
Telesphere, a nationwide managed cloud communications provider for businesses, recently announced commercial availability of VideoConnect as a cloud-based videoconferencing and collaboration service.
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