Polycom Inc, a leader in enterprise grade business communication solutions, announced today that the Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series in-room video conferencing solution is the first and only standards-based video solution to be certified for Microsoft® Skype™ for Business online in Office 365™.

Customers are now getting an enhanced Skype for Business meeting experience in an Office 365 environment, thanks to Polycom’s award-winning audio and video conferencing. With solutions like the Polycom® EagleEye™ Director II camera that follows the active speaker around the room, high-definition audio and dual screen support, meeting participants will feel as though they’re in the same room. Customers using RealPresence Group Series will also have the benefit of a familiar Skype for Business user interface and work flow.

“Polycom’s audio and video solutions provide our teams with high quality collaboration experiences that positively impact our productivity,” said William Adams, Global Infrastructure manager for LORD Corporation. “Harnessing the power of Microsoft Skype for Business via RealPresence Group Series gives us a multitude of meeting capabilities that break down communication barriers.”

The certification offers more flexibility and choice on how Office 365 customers experience meetings. RealPresence Group Series joins a portfolio of Polycom video solutions certified to work with Skype for Business and Office 365.  Polycom is developing a next generation Skype Room System, the Polycom® MSR Series, to offer customers a native Skype experience in the conference room.  Customers with existing Cisco endpoints can still connect with Office365 by using Polycom® RealConnect™ for Office 365 —the service that connects Cisco, Polycom and other vendor’s endpoints to Skype for Business online seamlessly.

“For more than 14 years, Microsoft has been one of Polycom’s most valued partners and together, we have brought the most powerful collaboration experiences to our customers,” said Amy Barzdukas, Chief Marketing Officer, Polycom. “This certification means the Office365 meeting experience just got even better.”

Polycom has developed the largest portfolio of voice and video solutions with more than 40 directly integrating with Microsoft platforms, including Skype for Business on premises and in Office 365, Microsoft Lync, Active Directory and Exchange. The Polycom Group Series solutions will be listed on the Microsoft TechNet site and the Skype for Business Partner Solution Catalog for Skype for Business online/Office 365.

For more information, see the Polycom blog post Top Five Reasons Why Microsoft Certification Matters.