Videoconference system vendor Polycom has introduced a new room video telepresence system that comes with the Microsoft Lync unified communications platform built right in. Because the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System features tight integration with Lync, participants in video meetings will experience the same user interface (UI) they are familiar with when using Lync on their desktop computers, as well as the familiar Polycom UI.
The new videoconference system is being unveiled at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference going on this week in Los Angeles. The integration of Lync provides benefits to users of the system as well as to an enterprise's information technology staff, said Jim Kruger, senior vice president of solution marketing at Polycom.
To the users, holding a meeting is easy because they can schedule one and it automatically shows up in their Microsoft Outlook Calendar. When they enter the meeting room, they'll use a mouse and keyboard, activate the "Click to Join" icon and start their conference. And if they have to call a conference on short notice, they can select participants from an onscreen corporate directory and start the meeting right away.
"Whether you pre-schedule it or do it ad hoc, it's a very simple user interface," said Kruger.
For IT managers, the CX7000 with Lync appears on the IT network as just another desktop computer running Lync, he said: "The actual product acts as though it's just another Lync client on the desktop. So the management of it, the plug-and-play connectivity of it, is just that simple."