Polycom Expands Industry-Leading Portfolio of Microsoft® Lync™ Interoperable Offerings with New Software Extensions to Polycom® RealPresence® Platform that Deliver Lync 2013 Interoperability Across Polycom Solutions for

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Polycom also achieves Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification for Polycom VVX Business
Media Phones

Polycom HDX Series, Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Polycom RealPresence
Platform to be compatible with Lync 2013 in June

ORLANDO, Fla.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced broad interoperability
for Microsoft Lync 2013 that includes new qualified Polycom voice solutions and
a new software extension to the Polycom RealPresence Platform that will deliver
interoperability between Lync 2013 and the full portfolio of Polycom
standards-based video collaboration and content sharing solutions. These
announcements further the extensive partnership between the two companies,
building on Polycom`s portfolio of 40 video, voice and content sharing solutions
that are interoperable or optimized to work with Lync 2010 today. Together,
Microsoft and Polycom offer the most complete UC&C portfolio at the lowest total
cost of ownership. 

"With today`s announcement, Polycom will deliver the broadest interoperability
for Lync 2013 in our industry," said Andy Miller, President and CEO, Polycom.
"The majority of companies choose Polycom and Microsoft over other vendors for a
complete UC&C solution today, and we will continue to ensure that our joint
customers have a superior collaboration experience, unmatched interoperability
and investment protection. The combination of Polycom and Microsoft software
provides a seamless UC solution for video, voice, conferencing and
collaboration, from anywhere, anytime, and drives increased productivity across

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Qualification for Polycom VVX Business Media Phones
and Compatibility of Polycom Video Room Systems and Polycom RealPresence
Platform with Lync 2013

As part of today`s news, Polycom announced native integration and Lync Server
2013 qualification for Polycom VVX Business Media Phones (Polycom VVX 500 and
Polycom VVX 600 models), with the Polycom VVX 300 and Polycom VVX 400 models
expected to achieve qualification in Q2 2013. In addition, the Polycom
RealPresence Platform and the Polycom HDX Series and Polycom RealPresence Group
Series of video collaboration endpoints are expected to be compatible with Lync
Server 2013 in June. 

Software Extensions to RealPresence Platform Delivers Lync 2013 Interoperability
with Polycom Video Solutions and AVC/SVC Industry Standard Endpoints

New software extensions to the Polycom RealPresence Platform will include
software updates to the Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Servers (RMX Series
and Collaboration Server 800s) and Polycom RealPresence Virtualization Manager
(Polycom DMA), which will deliver Lync 2013 interoperability across Polycom`s
full portfolio of video solutions, including the new Polycom RealPresence Group
Series, executive desktop video systems, mobile video apps and other endpoints. 

With these new software updates, Polycom and Microsoft customers will be able to
use endpoints and infrastructure supporting open-standards based H.264 AVC or
SVC (Scalable Video Coding) with Lync 2013. Last year, Polycom licensed the
first open standards-based SVC implementation royalty free to the industry,
including the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum), to
ensure adoption and industry-wide interoperability (see press release).
Microsoft implemented open standards-based SVC into Lync 2013. Last fall,
Polycom added its open standards-based SVC to the RealPresence Platform, which
provides customers with 3X HD multipoint video capacity for greater scalability
and dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and
forwards-compatibility for investment protection. 

The software extensions announced today will also include Lync 2013
interoperability for the recently launched Polycom RealPresence Content Sharing
Suite, a software application that allows Lync users to share content back and
forth with standards-based video collaboration devices such as room-based video
solutions (e.g., Polycom HDX systems) or mobile apps (e.g., Polycom RealPresence
Mobile 2.2 app). Additionally, the software extensions will include a new
cross-platform scheduling application that integrates with Lync 2013, Exchange
and Polycom RealPresence solutions to allow combined Lync 2013 and traditional
video endpoint meetings using existing Microsoft Outlook scheduling
capabilities. This capability will enable customers to easily schedule video
meetings with both participants and video endpoints, which makes setting up and
managing video calls easier for end users while freeing up IT support resources.

Delivering a Unifying Communications and Collaboration Experience

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 Polycom 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 in a conference room or on a mobile device. 

Advanced Services Help Customers with Implementation

On March 1, Polycom finalized the acquisition of Sentri, Inc., a leading
provider of advanced services with expertise in Microsoft technologies
(including Lync), UC&C, video collaboration, cloud services and networking. As a
Premier Support for Lync Partners (PSLP) certified company, Sentri brings
significant expertise integrating Microsoft Lync with Polycom solutions that
will benefit customers. 


Polycom VVX 500 and Polycom VVX 600 Business Media Phones natively integrate and
are qualified for Lync Server 2013 today, and the Polycom VVX 300 and Polycom
VVX 400 models are expected to pass qualification in Q2 2013. The Polycom HDX
Series and Polycom RealPresence Group Series of video collaboration endpoints,
and Polycom RealPresence Platform, are expected to be compatible with Lync 2013
in June 2013. The new software extensions to Polycom RealPresence Platform that
will deliver broad interoperability between Lync 2013 and Polycom`s full
portfolio of video solutions with support for Lync 2013 features are currently
planned to be available in the second half of 2013. Polycom RealPresence Content
Sharing Suite is available today. For more information about today`s news and
the overall Polycom and Microsoft relationship, visit www.polycom.com/Microsoft
and watch the related video. 

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. 

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 product availability,
features and qualifications, Polycom's new solutions delivering the broadest
interoperability for Lync 2013 in the industry and the benefits of the Sentri
acquisition to customers. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks
and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including
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. 

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom logo, and the
names and marks associated with Polycom`s products are trademarks and/or service
marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United
States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners.

Polycom, Inc.
Shawn Dainas, +1-408-586-3768

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