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New Skype, Microsoft Teams integrations focus on video

September 29, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Microsoft Ignite yielded a slew of partnership announcements focusing on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations based on video support and interoperability.

Microsoft has been retooling its collaboration roadmap to focus on Microsoft Teams, the cloud and interoperability. As a result, many of the vendor's partners are capitalizing on Microsoft's roadmap with new integrations and services.

At Microsoft Ignite, several Microsoft partners unveiled Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams integrations that focused on video conferencing. These integrations focus on interoperability and user experience.

Polycom said its video and audio portfolio will integrate with Microsoft Teams. The Microsoft Teams integrations will allow users and administrators to have the Teams user interface, workflow and functionality on Polycom devices.

The integration extends to Polycom's RealPresence Group Series, a Microsoft-certified standards-based group video conferencing system, the RealConnect interoperability service, and the Polycom Trio conferencing phones.

At Ignite, Polycom also announced RealConnect Hybrid, which connects on-premises Skype for Business users with existing video devices. When users are ready to move to Office 365 and Skype for Business Online, they can update their subscription to RealConnect. The hybrid interoperability service will be available in October.

The Polycom MSR Series, its next-generation Skype for Business room system, is also available for pre-order. The MSR Series includes a Surface Pro tablet with the Skype for Business interface, an MSR dock to connect to existing room displays and peripherals, the Polycom Trio 8500/8800 speakerphone and an EagleEye camera for medium-to-large meeting rooms.

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