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Polycom Streamlines Skype for Business across Multi Vendor Environments

Delivers one click connection to Skype for business video meetings – Polycom RealConnect – solves a critical issue in the evolution of video

Microsoft Skype for Business users searching for a simple, easy way to connect video calls across a multi-vendor environment now can have a solution. Polycom has removed the complexity of connecting multiple video systems from different vendors – the Polycom RealConnect solution for Skype for Business. Now, participants using any video vendor, from Skype for Business, to Polycom and Cisco, and on any device, from voice to immersive telepresence suites, can join a unified meeting with one simple click.

Customers simply want communication technologies to work together seamlessly and cost effectively. Until the Polycom 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 RealConnect technology eliminates this barrier by making everything work together and provides each end user with the familiar communication experience they’ve grown accustomed to. There are no requirements to learn complex dialing codes or new platform behaviors, resulting in more time spent on getting business done and less on learning a new service.

Skype for Business has become one of the most widely-used communication tools in business today. The Polycom RealConnect solution allows Skype for Business users to connect seamlessly with users on other video solutions using a single workflow that makes the experience familiar for all users, regardless of what device they are using. The solution also makes it easy to schedule a conference through Microsoft Outlook, every user joins with the same one-click experience, and everyone can share content back and forth with everyone else on the call.

In partnership with Microsoft, Polycom offers the broadest portfolio of interoperable voice and video solutions designed for Skype for Business and Skype for Business online in Office 365. Polycom RealConnect technology can be enabled through Microsoft-qualified video interop solutions including the Polycom RealPresence Platform and the Polycom RealPresence Clariti collaboration infrastructure solution. Since Polycom RealConnect technology is part of the RealPresence Clariti platform, it can be purchased as software only subscription based solution that is simple to deploy as it is to use.

Ashan Willy Senior Vice President, Product Management & Worldwide Systems Engineering said, “Polycom RealConnect technology has continued to push the innovation curve, and its latest iteration allows for best-in-class Skype for Business collaboration with all other video platforms. Customers want simple and intuitive technology that works together with everything else they use in an economical fashion. With Polycom RealConnect technology, Polycom is simplifying the communications experience by bringing everything, and everyone, together in one easy step.”

Mike Palumbo, TransUnion’s Senior Director of the Technology Infrastructure and Support Group added, “It became apparent pretty quickly that Polycom RealConnect technology is a good fit with Skype for Business. Polycom RealConnect technology keeps the end-user experience simple and familiar. It gives our end-users and global associates an easier way to connect and collaborate. Participants just click to join.”

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