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March 31, 2009

Microsoft and Polycom expand relationship

Adds Polycom CX5000 Unified Conference Station to address the video collaboration needs of organizations

By CBR Staff Writer

Polycom, a provider of telepresence, video, and voice services, and Microsoft have expanded their relationship to deliver one of the broadest sets of voice and video services for unified communications and collaboration.

As part of Microsoft’s vision to broaden the availability of Microsoft RoundTable, Polycom has licensed the right to distribute RoundTable, effective April 13, 2009. The product, renamed the Polycom CX5000 Unified Conference Station, will be available through Polycom and its extensive channel network.

The CX5000, a plug-and-play device that connects to a PC through a USB connection, adds to Polycom’s broad portfolio and enables it to address the video collaboration needs of organizations that rely on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Live Meeting service, said Microsoft.

Gurdeep Singh, corporate vice president in the unified communications group at Microsoft, said: Microsoft and Polycom share a long-standing, strategic relationship in the unified communications space, and we are confident in Polycom’s depth of experience and customer support in the conferencing market.

Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of Voice Communications Solutions at Polycom, said: “With our expertise in enterprise collaboration and our broad distribution network, it makes perfect sense for us to incorporate the CX5000 into our family of devices optimized for Microsoft UC solutions.

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