Polycom and Microsoft extend partnership

News Article - Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:28

Category: Connectivity

Video conferencing specialist Polycom has extended its partnership with software giant Microsoft in a deal that will see the latter's Lync software integrated into Polycom VoIP phones. The move is part of the pair's desire to boost video conferencing outside the boardroom.

The focus will be on collaboration and content sharing and Polycom is expecting to expand its range of Lync-enabled products in the near future. Speaking to V3 about the collaboration with Microsoft, Polycom's John Antanaitis claimed that the integration would help businesses overcome the usual trepidations associated with unified communications uptake - in particular the cost of integration and the difficulty of bandwidth management.

However, it seems that many firms have overcome their fears about the set-up and maintenance of unified communications infrastructure already and Polycom believes that as a result the industry will be worth around $10 billion (£6 billion) in the near future. The projections seem to be borne out by figures from Ovum, which show that video conferencing alone will be worth $1.1 billion by 2016.

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