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UC Roundup: Ribbon Communications, Evolve IP, Poly

UC Roundup

…are reselling Office 365 or something along those lines as part of their MSP services. And then here you’ve got this offering and the desire of our customers to tie the two things very tightly together. It is an MSP play, but I don’t believe it’s exclusively an MSP play. I think our customers are leading us here more so than our strategy is defining it.”

The conversation with UCaaS providers like Evolve IP will be changing in the next 12-24 months, Kinka said. Partners need to prepare for the fact that the conversation about UCaaS, particularly the collaboration aspects of UCaaS, is going to change to be more of a “how do I power you with the enterprise voice features that you want while leveraging the user interface (UI) and collaboration tool you’re already committed to,” Kinka said.

“That’s a very different discussion than they’ve been having,” he said. “It’s kind of been an all-in proposition of telephony and meetings collaboration, and our belief is that’s going to break up into two scenarios because customers are going to commit to a platform that they’re not going to move from. ”

Poly Unveils Video Bars for Microsoft Teams

At this week’s Microsoft Ignite 2019, Poly introduced video conferencing devices with a built-in Microsoft Teams experience.

The Poly Studio X Series, purpose-built, all-in-one video bars for Teams, will offer a native Teams meeting and calling experience, and were among a host of Poly solutions built for Teams that the company demonstrated at Ignite.

The Studio X Series consists of two new video bars designed for small rooms, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50.

Plantronics' Joe Burton

Poly’s Joe Burton

The Studio X Series supports 4K utra high definition (UHD), advanced noise suppression and video production rules to improve all aspects of the meeting experience, according to Poly. Users can choose to control the Studio X Series with the new Poly TC8 touch screen.

Poly Studio, a plug-and-play USB video bar for small huddle rooms, is now certified for Teams. The Poly Studio USB video bar features room-filling audio, a 4K HD camera with built-in speaker tracking and framing, as well as support for remote cloud management for ongoing updates and configuration. The Poly Studio is currently available globally.

“Whenever and wherever people connect with Microsoft Teams, we will be there to provide the best-in-class audio, video and voice endpoints to make the experience that much better,” said Joe Burton, Poly’s president and CEO. “We deliver everything you need on the journey to transition to Teams.”

“We’re pleased to partner with Poly on a range of Microsoft Teams solutions — from video conferencing, to headsets, to desk and conference phones, to services,” said Ilya Bukshteyn, Microsoft’s partner director of Teams devices. “Poly is a one-stop-shop for Teams users that need to communicate and collaborate from anywhere and with anyone.”

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