Getting feted at VoiceCon Orlando this week, Microsoft Communications Server “14” will get three new “optimized” Polycom HD voice devices, two handsets and an IP conference phone. The new phones are the first “Microsoft-optimized” phones to feature Polycom HD Voice technology and include the Polycom CX500 IP phone, Polycom CX600 IP desktop phone, and the CX3000 IP conference phone.
The CX500 is designed for use in public areas (i.e. your rugged, cheap, minimal features model), while the CX600 is described as a mid-range desktop phone delivering rich presence and (of course!) “exceptional” voice quality. And the CX3000 provides rich presence and “outstanding” voice quality for conference calls and is the only conference call currently optimized for “14.”
Polycom phones feature what is described as a “familiar” Microsoft user experience, including presence, contact lists, single sign-on capability, user-associated numbers, and easy click-to-call and click-to-conference capability.
Enhanced Polycom integration with Microsoft’s Exchange Server, Outlook and SharePoint server are planned for availability in the second quarter of 2010. The new Polycom CX IP phones are scheduled for release when Communications Server “14” becomes available.