Polycom and Microsoft to collaborate on Skype for Business

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Polycom and Microsoft have announced plans to extend video collaboration in Office 365 and Skype for Business environments.

Polycom’s RealPresence Group Series conferencing system will be qualified on Skype for Business Server and supported on Office 365 in the second half of 2016. The update will make it simpler for Skype for Business users to integrate video conferencing into current workflows on the RealPresence Touch user interface.

The company is also planning to unveil plug-and-play video room systems exclusively for Skype for Business at the close of the year as part of Microsoft’s Project Rigel.

Polycom and Microsoft will jointly deliver the industry’s first cloud-based video interoperability service in the first half of 2017. Hosted in the Microsoft Cloud, Office 365 users will be able to combine their video services with those from vendors including Cisco.

The service will feature Polycom RealConnect technology to provide users of Skype for Business and non-Microsoft endpoints with the same Skype for Business experience.