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June 24, 2016

Polycom Further Simplifies Connectivity to Skype for Business

By Frank Griffin
Contributing Writer

Vendor incompatibility is still an issue in the tech world, but a new generation of users are forcing major brands to reevaluate their policies because they are more interested in functionality than the brand itself. This of course hasn't escaped these established companies, because they are now removing the complexities that makes it too difficult to use the solutions they provide.

 Polycom, one of the leading global provider of video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology, just announced the launch of RealConnect solution for Skype (News - Alert) for Business, which will remove said complexities to connect multiple video system from different vendors.

According to the company, from now on, anyone can join a conference or unified meeting with a single click no matter what vendor or device they are using when they are on Skype for Business.

The company said, "Customers simply want communication technologies to work together seamlessly and cost effectively. Until the Polycom (News - Alert) RealConnect solution, Skype for Business video conferencing users could not meet or share content with participants using other video platforms. The result was a frustrating and difficult process for end users."

Polycom is making this solution available without any additional requirements or systems to learn, it is as easy as using Skype to Skype calls. If you want to initiate a session, all you have to do is just invite the person to join using Microsoft Outlook. They can be on a device as simple as a smartphone or as complex as immersive rooms from Cisco (News - Alert) or Polycom.

The experience will be the same no matter which hardware or software participants are using. This includes, multiple viewing strips across the screen with panoramic wide-shots of people that are joining from dedicated immersive suites, with up to nine sites being able to be seen at the same time.

With this solution, organizations can leverage existing videoconferencing endpoints and networks with a single video collaboration workflow. Some of the other features it provides include, native Outlook calendaring integration, one touch join, bi-directional content sharing, enhanced multipoint video experience for Skype for Business clients, on-premises deployment where there is a Polycom RealPresence Platform and Skype for Business Server, and more.

The end game for any business is to increase their customer base, and more and more it now means bringing in the technology from another vendor and making it available with your own. The availability of Skype for Business with Polycom's RealConnect solution along with other major vendors highlights this trend.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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