Polycom Expands Microsoft Lync-Enabled Portfolio with New Dedicated Room System for Lync 2013, a Breakthrough Content-Sharing Application and Additional Qualified Solutions

Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:00pm EST

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* Next-generation dedicated video conferencing room system purpose-built for
Microsoft Lync 2013 to bring simplicity and advanced collaboration capabilities
to customers
* New software application enables enhanced content-sharing between
standards-based video collaboration devices and Lync
* Polycom offers 40 solutions interoperable or optimized to work with Lync 2010
* UC&C solutions combining Polycom RealPresence solutions and Microsoft Lync
continue to win over customers worldwide

SAN DIEGO--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced a new dedicated room
system for Microsoft Lync 2013, a multi-way content sharing application,
additional interoperable solutions, and customer momentum in support of
Microsoft`s inaugural Lync Conference. Polycom`s portfolio of 40 video, voice,
and content sharing solutions are interoperable or optimized to work with
Microsoft Lync, driving a majority of customers to choose Polycom and Microsoft
over other vendors for a complete UC&C solution. 

Together, Polycom RealPresence video and voice solutions and Microsoft Lync
unify communications across work environments - on the go, home and work
offices, conference rooms, and immersive theaters. With the combination of Lync
and RealPresence solutions, employees can launch video collaboration sessions
easily and intuitively from within familiar interfaces and normal workflows,
from any work environment on- or off-premises. They simply click a name in their
Lync contact list to securely collaborate face-to-face via Polycom video at
their desktop or in a conference room. 

"We have long worked with Microsoft to ensure our solutions are interoperable
and we`re excited to do so again with Lync 2013," said Ted Colton, Global Vice
President of Strategic Alliances, Polycom. "Today our mutual customers are
benefitting from the ability to eliminate the barrier of geographic distance
between employees. The combination of Polycom and Microsoft software gives
employees greater flexibility and a seamless UC solution for video, voice,
conferencing and collaboration, from anywhere, anytime. And with our new
dedicated room system purpose-built for Lync 2013, it`s only going to get better
and drive more value for our mutual customers." 

Next-generation dedicated Lync room system

Polycom will launch a new dedicated video conferencing room system combining
Microsoft Lync 2013 and Polycom video collaboration technology. The solution
will feature high-end Polycom camera and microphone options (for traditional
front-of-room cameras and center-of-table 360-degree cameras), touchscreen
monitors, and a tabletop touch controller. The new Polycom room system will be
purpose-built for Lync 2013 to extend the familiar Lync user experience to the
video conference room environment and will include rich presence, contact search
and instant messaging as well as powerful video conferencing with rich
collaboration capabilities including white boarding, PowerPoint presentations,
application sharing and editing, and more. Its tight integration with Microsoft
Outlook will help users both in the meeting room as well as remotely start and
manage meetings more efficiently, ultimately increasing usage and driving a
greater return on investment. The Polycom room system for Microsoft Lync will
include several features that specifically take advantage of Lync 2013 such as
built-in multi-party video and will leverage the industry`s first open
standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) implementation - unveiled by Polycom
in Fall 2012. 

Enhanced content sharing

Polycom also announced the Polycom RealPresence Content Sharing Suite, a
software application for the Polycom RealPresence Platform software
infrastructure. The new software solution allows Lync users to share content
back and forth with standards-based video collaboration devices such as
room-based video solutions (such as Polycom HDX systems) or mobile apps (such as
Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 app). Lync users have always been able to view
content as part of the video stream but the new software from Polycom allows
Lync users to view and share documents and presentations in a separate content
video stream, allowing for high-definition display of content (up to 720p HD),
larger display of participants, and an overall enhanced user experience. 

Expanded interoperability options

Polycom offers a broad and rich portfolio of solutions that are interoperable or
optimized to work with Microsoft Lync - 40 solutions in total. Anchored by the
flagship Polycom CX family of products, built for custom integration with Lync,
Polycom has an expansive portfolio of solutions that have achieved formal
qualification for Microsoft Lync 2010 interoperability including:

* Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server (RMX 1500 and 2000), software for
multiparty video and voice collaboration that connects the most people at
highest quality and lowest cost. The RealPresence Collaboration Server is a key
component of the Polycom RealPresence Platform software infrastructure. 
* Polycom RealPresence Room video collaboration systems (Polycom HDX 6000, 7000,
and 8000) and the Polycom HDX 4500 executive desktop video system. 
* Polycom VVX 500 business media phones that improve productivity by simplifying
communication processes and business workflows. The media phones can be
video-enabled when used with the Polycom VVX Camera. 
* The Polycom SoundPoint IP series desktop phones (SoundPoint 450, 550, 560, and

Additionally, Polycom`s latest HD video collaboration systems for rooms and
budgets of all sizes, the Polycom RealPresence Group Series (300, 500 and 700),
can also connect with Microsoft Lync 2010. The new RealPresence Group Series
solutions include a simple and intuitive new user interface, and offer the
industry's best HD video and content-sharing (up to 1080p60 resolution), and
crystal-clear audio. 

Polycom and Microsoft across industries, around the world

Customers around the world, of all size and in all industries, are using
Microsoft Lync together with Polycom RealPresence video and voice solutions as
their comprehensive UC&C solution to keep their global teams connected,
communicating, and collaborating.

* Lonza, one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare
and life science industries, uses Polycom and Microsoft solutions to implement a
more flexible working environment for its 11,000 staff across 90 sites so
employees can work more effectively away from the office and securely join video
meetings from home or on the move. 
* UK-based global technology firm Smiths Group PLC uses Microsoft and Polycom at
400 locations in over 50 countries, creating a virtual link for over 23,000
employees. Smiths is also using Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 app for mobile
staff using tablets and smartphones to extend video collaboration beyond the
office to virtually anywhere. 
* LOTOS Group, a major producer and supplier of oil products across Poland and
abroad, has equipped its 5,000 employees with a combined Polycom and Microsoft
UC&C solution to encourage knowledge sharing company-wide. 
* University of the West of England, one of the largest universities in the UK
with 30,000 student and 3,000 staff spread over four campuses, uses the Polycom
and Microsoft interoperable solution to enable distance learning among the
faculty of UWE and other institutions and students. For example, when an
international college in Asia is running a master's program associated with UWE
and a student wants an interview with his or her tutor, they connect over video.

* Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with 17,000 healthcare staff serving
340,000 people in Northern Ireland, uses Microsoft and Polycom to deliver care
closer to where it`s needed, saving time and helping to save lives. The
interoperable solutions allow healthcare professionals to make decisions faster
and more efficiently.

"We chose Polycom primarily for their experience and reputation; secondly, the
interoperability with other systems; and thirdly because of the strength of its
strategic relationship and commitment to integrate with Microsoft Lync," said
Ernst Hutter, Head of Global IT Infrastructure, Lonza. "The combination of
Microsoft Lync and Polycom video collaboration has significantly changed our way
of working in the last two years. We have more and more home users and this has
allowed the organization to implement a more flexible working environment, so
employees can work more effectively away from the office and securely join video
meetings from home or on the move." 

Continuing commitment to Microsoft alliance

Last month, Polycom announced its intent to acquire Sentri, Inc., a leading
provider of advanced services with expertise in Microsoft technologies
(including Lync), UC&C, video collaboration, cloud services and networking.
Sentri is Gold certified by Microsoft in communications, messaging, portals and
collaboration, and desktop technology; Microsoft Premier Support for Lync
Partners (PSLP) certified; and has two Microsoft Certified Master engineers.
Sentri`s deep expertise integrating Microsoft Lync with Polycom solutions is a
key element of the acquisition. 


All Lync 2010-interoperable Polycom video and voice solutions and the
RealPresence Content Sharing Suite are available today. Polycom intends to
deliver the new Lync room system in 2H 2013. For more information about today`s
news and the overall Polycom and Microsoft relationship, please visit
www.polycom.com/Microsoft. To view a video about Polycom and Microsoft, please
click here. 


Polycom will be demonstrating its interoperable solutions in booth #2 as a
platinum sponsor of the Microsoft Lync 2013 Conference, February 19-21, 2013, in
San Diego, CA. Polycom will showcase solutions including:

* An early look at the new Polycom room system for Lync 2013 
* Polycom RealPresence Content Sharing Suite 
* Polycom RealPresence video and voice solutions for Lync (including the Polycom
HDX 4500 and Polycom VVX business media phones) 
* Vertical applications for Lync (such as the Polycom HDX Practitioner Cart
solution for healthcare environments) 
* Polycom RealPresence video content management for Lync (including the Polycom
RealPresence Media Manager solution)

Additionally, Polycom will present two sessions:

* "Polycom: Integrating Traditional Video with Microsoft Lync," Tuesday,
February 19, 2-3:15pm, Windsor Complex. Polycom will discuss how customers can
leverage existing video assets to extend collaboration beyond the desktop. 
* "Lync 2013 Video Conferencing & Interoperability," Thursday, February 21,
9-10:15am, Ballroom. Attendees will learn about advances in video technologies,
such as Scalable Video Coding, which Lync 2013 leverages to dramatically improve
the conferencing experience.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to
modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications
referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if
available basis. 

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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe
harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
regarding future events, including statements regarding the features and
functionality of the new solutions, Polycom`s intent to deliver the new
solutions in the second half of 2013, and Polycom`s intent to acquire Sentri,
Inc. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties
that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the parties
satisfying the closing conditions to acquire Sentri; the impact of competition
on our product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of increased
competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies
that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; our ability to bring
our new products and offerings to market in a timely manner due to engineering,
manufacturing or other delays; changing market demands; potential fluctuations
in results and future growth rates; risks associated with general economic
conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance of our products
and changing market demands, including demands for differing technologies or
product and services offerings; our ability to successfully integrate our
acquisitions into our business; possible delays in the development, availability
and shipment of new products; increasing costs and differing uses of capital;
changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to the business; our
inability to achieve the expected results from adjustments being made to our
expense profile; the impact of restructuring actions; and the impact of global
conflicts and changing laws that may adversely impact our business. Many of
these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in other reports filed by
Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update
these forward-looking statements.

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