Unified communications provider Polycom Inc. has expanded its interoperability with Microsoft Lync, the software that brings together voice communications, IM, audio, video and Web conferencing. The news also gives channel partners more selling options.
Polycom on Monday said more of its SIP-based wired and wireless phones now work with Lync, and said the CX7000 video collaboration product the first optimized for Lync now is available.
The expanded functionality with Lync covers four main areas:
Wireless phones. Polycom’s KIRK Wireless DECT and SpectraLink Wi-Fi devices are the first wireless phones to display and share call and directory information via Microsoft Lync. Polycom SpectraLink WiFi also features presence and instant message information. The phones were built for on-campus use in verticals including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and hospitality.
Desktop and conference phones. Select Polycom SoundPoint IP desktop, Polycom SoundStation IP conference, and Polycom VVX business media phones now work with Microsoft Lync.
RealPresence. Polycom is testing its immersive video for direct connection to a Microsoft Lync server; functionality would include presence-based dialing and HD video in Microsoft Lync calls.
Support for video deployments. Polycom also is testing support for Lync’s bandwidth management policies across all of its video products, including RealPresence. Such support would help network administrators design and deploy Microsoft Lync video networks and Polycom video products because they would be manageable under a single policy. That capability would help administrators avoid oversubscription or call degradation.