Polycom to drive Lync integration with 'Rally'

In addition to the headline-grabbing announcements concerning Polycom's purchase of HP's Halo business and the formation of the OVCC (Open Visual Communications Consortium), the videoconferencing company yesterday outlined the next stage in its partnership with Microsoft.In a webcast, CEO Andrew Miller announced a product codenamed Rally, a 'purpose-built' room-based telepresence solution with an embedded Microsoft Lync client.

In addition to the headline-grabbing announcements concerning Polycom's purchase of HP's Halo business and the formation of the OVCC (Open Visual Communications Consortium), the videoconferencing company yesterday outlined the next stage in its partnership with Microsoft.

In a webcast, CEO Andrew Miller announced a product codenamed Rally, a 'purpose-built' room-based telepresence solution with an embedded Microsoft Lync client. Rally — which will be previewed at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in July (10-14) in Los Angeles and ship in Q4 — will integrate not only with on-premise Lync servers, but also with the Lync Online component of Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365.

Yesterday's webcast was long on strategic pronouncements and short on product detail. We'll bring you more on Rally in July.

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