Polycom’s new Microsoft’s Lync solutions don’t speak Microsoft RTA. Instead, the SIP standard devices and phones will all talk through Lync using G.722 and G.722.1 (Siren) for HD voice support.
Polycom announced “the broadest ranges of UC solutions” interoperable with Microsoft’s UC platform last week, citing over 40 systems, including a “custom-built” video collaboration solution, the CX7000.
Lync interoperability covers four areas: Standards-based Polycom wireless phones; Standards-based Polycom desktop and conference phones,including “select” Polycom SoundPoint IP desktop, Soundstation IP, and VVX business media phones; Polycom RealPresence Immersive (currently being tested); and enhanced support for video deployments.
Hopefully, Polycom will be a tad careful. Microsoft’s last best buddy in the UC world was Nortel and that didn’t turn out so well.