Polycom and Microsoft continue to offer an integrated solution, this time with Polycom’s introduction of RealConnect for Microsoft Lync. The solution is designed to unify video collaboration across Lync and non-Lync environments by simplifying the end-user video experience. RealConnect brings Lync and non-Lync users together, allowing users to choose the platform they prefer.
RealConnect for Microsoft Lync incorporates using a single workflow to make the experience consistent on both ends, allowing users to schedule meetings via Microsoft Outlook. The platform supports conferences hosted on both Lync Server AVMCU and Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server. RealConnect is available as software-based (virtual appliance), hardware (appliance), or subscription-based (RealPresence One) options.
In other news, G12 Communications announced that it has received Microsoft Lync 2013 Qualification for SIP Trunking. G12 Communications is a cloud-based provider offering unified communication services for enterprise, government, education, and medical verticals. G12 Communications’ portfolio includes enterprise-grade VoIP services such as hosted PBX, SIP Trunking (for Microsoft Lync and for most other VoIP environments), toll free services, and audio conferencing.
Rick Coma, CEO of G12 Communications commented in a statement, saying "Lync is a powerful tool to help enterprise IT directors integrate an employee's desktop experience with voice, video, and chat communications on any device, but only if they are working with a SIP Trunking partner qualified to support Lync."
BJ Haberkorn, Director of Lync Product Management at Microsoft, added, "Working with a Lync 2013 qualified provider is the most efficient way for Microsoft partners to deploy Lync and allow their customers to maximize the return on the investment they've made in our platform. With this proven interoperability, G12 joins an exclusive number of SIP Trunking providers able to give partners the certainty in knowing they support all features and call flows."