Polycom Expands Microsoft® Lync™-Enabled Portfolio with New Dedicated Room System for Lync 2013, a Breakthrough Content

  Polycom Expands Microsoft® Lync™-Enabled Portfolio with New Dedicated Room
  System for Lync 2013, a Breakthrough Content-Sharing Application and
  Additional Qualified Solutions

  *Next-generation dedicated video conferencing room system purpose-built for
    Microsoft Lync 2013 to bring simplicity and advanced collaboration
    capabilities to customers
  *New software application enables enhanced content-sharing between
    standards-based video collaboration devices and Lync
  *Polycom offers 40 solutions interoperable or optimized to work with Lync
  *UC&C solutions combining Polycom® RealPresence® solutions and Microsoft
    Lync continue to win over customers worldwide

Microsoft® Lync™ 2013

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- February 19, 2013

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced a new
dedicated room system for Microsoft® Lync™ 2013, a multi-way content sharing
application, additional interoperable solutions, and customer momentum in
support of Microsoft’s inaugural Lync Conference. Polycom’s portfolio of 40
video, voice, and content sharing solutions are interoperable or optimized to
work with Microsoft Lync, driving a majority of customers to choose Polycom
and Microsoft over other vendors for a complete UC&C solution.

Together, Polycom® RealPresence® video and voice solutions and Microsoft Lync
unify communications across work environments – on the go, home and work
offices, conference rooms, and immersive theaters. With the combination of
Lync and RealPresence solutions, employees can launch video collaboration
sessions easily and intuitively from within familiar interfaces and normal
workflows, from any work environment on- or off-premises. They simply click a
name in their Lync contact list to securely collaborate face-to-face via
Polycom video at their desktop or in a conference room.

“We have long worked with Microsoft to ensure our solutions are interoperable
and we’re excited to do so again with Lync 2013,” said Ted Colton, Global Vice
President of Strategic Alliances, Polycom. “Today our mutual customers are
benefitting from the ability to eliminate the barrier of geographic distance
between employees. The combination of Polycom and Microsoft software gives
employees greater flexibility and a seamless UC solution for video, voice,
conferencing and collaboration, from anywhere, anytime. And with our new
dedicated room system purpose-built for Lync 2013, it’s only going to get
better and drive more value for our mutual customers.”

Next-generation dedicated Lync room system

Polycom will launch a new dedicated video conferencing room system combining
Microsoft Lync 2013 and Polycom video collaboration technology. The solution
will feature high-end Polycom camera and microphone options (for traditional
front-of-room cameras and center-of-table 360-degree cameras), touchscreen
monitors, and a tabletop touch controller. The new Polycom room system will be
purpose-built for Lync 2013 to extend the familiar Lync user experience to the
video conference room environment and will include rich presence, contact
search and instant messaging as well as powerful video conferencing with rich
collaboration capabilities including white boarding, PowerPoint presentations,
application sharing and editing, and more. Its tight integration with
Microsoft Outlook will help users both in the meeting room as well as remotely
start and manage meetings more efficiently, ultimately increasing usage and
driving a greater return on investment. The Polycom room system for Microsoft
Lync will include several features that specifically take advantage of Lync
2013 such as built-in multi-party video and will leverage theindustry’s first
open standards-based SVC(Scalable Video Coding) implementation – unveiled by
Polycom in Fall 2012.

Enhanced content sharing

Polycom also announced the Polycom® RealPresence® Content Sharing Suite, a
software application for the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform software
infrastructure. The new software solution allows Lync users to share content
back and forth with standards-based video collaboration devices such as
room-based video solutions (such as Polycom® HDX® systems) or mobile apps
(such as Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile 2.0 app). Lync users have always been
able to view content as part of the video stream but the new software from
Polycom allows Lync users to view and share documents and presentations in a
separate content video stream, allowing for high-definition display of content
(up to 720p HD), larger display of participants, and an overall enhanced user

Expanded interoperability options

Polycom offers a broad and rich portfolio of solutions that are interoperable
or optimized to work with Microsoft Lync – 40 solutions in total. Anchored by
the flagship Polycom® CX family of products, built for custom integration with
Lync, Polycom has an expansive portfolio of solutions that have achieved
formal qualification for Microsoft Lync 2010 interoperability including:

  *Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server (RMX® 1500 and 2000), software
    for multiparty video and voice collaboration that connects the most people
    at highest quality and lowest cost. The RealPresence Collaboration Server
    is a key component of the Polycom RealPresence Platform software
  *Polycom® RealPresence® Room video collaboration systems (Polycom® HDX®
    6000, 7000, and 8000) and the Polycom HDX 4500 executive desktop video
  *Polycom® VVX® 500 business media phones that improve productivity by
    simplifying communication processes and business workflows. The media
    phones can be video-enabled when used with the Polycom® VVX® Camera.
  *The Polycom® SoundPoint® IP series desktop phones (SoundPoint 450, 550,
    560, and 650).

Additionally, Polycom’s latest HD video collaboration systems for rooms and
budgets of all sizes, the Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series (300, 500 and
700), can also connect with Microsoft Lync 2010. The new RealPresence Group
Series solutions include a simple and intuitive new user interface, and offer
the industry's best HD video and content-sharing (up to 1080p60 resolution),
and crystal-clear audio.

Polycom and Microsoft across industries, around the world

Customers around the world, of all size and in all industries, are using
Microsoft Lync together with Polycom RealPresence video and voice solutions as
their comprehensive UC&C solution to keep their global teams connected,
communicating, and collaborating.

  *Lonza, one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical,
    healthcare and life science industries, uses Polycom and Microsoft
    solutions to implement a more flexible working environment for its 11,000
    staff across 90 sites so employees can work more effectively away from the
    office and securely join video meetings from home or on the move.
  *UK-based global technology firm Smiths Group PLC uses Microsoft and
    Polycom at 400 locations in over 50 countries, creating a virtual link for
    over 23,000 employees. Smiths is also using Polycom RealPresence Mobile
    2.0 app for mobile staff using tablets and smartphones to extend video
    collaboration beyond the office to virtually anywhere.
  *LOTOS Group, a major producer and supplier of oil products across Poland
    and abroad, has equipped its 5,000 employees with a combined Polycom and
    Microsoft UC&C solution to encourage knowledge sharing company-wide.
  *University of the West of England, one of the largest universities in the
    UK with 30,000 student and 3,000 staff spread over four campuses, uses the
    Polycom and Microsoft interoperable solution to enable distance learning
    among the faculty of UWE and other institutions and students. For example,
    when an international college in Asia is running a master's program
    associated with UWE and a student wants an interview with his or her
    tutor, they connect over video.
  *Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with 17,000 healthcare staff serving
    340,000 people in Northern Ireland, uses Microsoft and Polycom to deliver
    care closer to where it’s needed, saving time and helping to save lives.
    The interoperable solutions allow healthcare professionals to make
    decisions faster and more efficiently.

"We chose Polycom primarily for their experience and reputation; secondly, the
interoperability with other systems; and thirdly because of the strength of
its strategic relationship and commitment to integrate with Microsoft Lync,"
said Ernst Hutter, Head of Global IT Infrastructure, Lonza. "The combination
of Microsoft Lync and Polycom video collaboration has significantly changed
our way of working in the last two years. We have more and more home users and
this has allowed the organization to implement a more flexible working
environment, so employees can work more effectively away from the office and
securely join video meetings from home or on the move."

Continuing commitment to Microsoft alliance

Last month, Polycom announced its intent to acquire Sentri, Inc., a leading
provider of advanced services with expertise in Microsoft technologies
(including Lync), UC&C, video collaboration, cloud services and
networking.Sentri is Gold certified by Microsoft in communications,
messaging, portals and collaboration, and desktop technology; Microsoft
Premier Support for Lync™ Partners (PSLP) certified; and has two Microsoft
Certified Master engineers. Sentri’s deep expertise integrating Microsoft Lync
with Polycom solutions is a key element of the acquisition.


All Lync 2010-interoperable Polycom video and voice solutions and the
RealPresence Content Sharing Suite are available today. Polycom intends to
deliver the new Lync room system in 2H 2013. For more information about
today’s news and the overall Polycom and Microsoft relationship, please visit
www.polycom.com/Microsoft. To view a video about Polycom and Microsoft, please
click here.


Polycom will be demonstrating its interoperable solutions in booth #2 as a
platinum sponsor of the Microsoft Lync 2013 Conference, February 19-21, 2013,
in San Diego, CA. Polycom will showcase solutions including:

  *An early look at the new Polycom room system for Lync 2013
  *Polycom RealPresence Content Sharing Suite
  *Polycom® RealPresence® video and voice solutions for Lync (including the
    Polycom HDX 4500 and Polycom VVX business media phones)
  *Vertical applications for Lync (such as the Polycom® HDX® Practitioner
    Cart solution for healthcare environments)
  *Polycom® RealPresence® video content management for Lync (including the
    Polycom® RealPresence® Media Manager solution)

Additionally, Polycom will present two sessions:

  *“Polycom: Integrating Traditional Video with Microsoft Lync,” Tuesday,
    February 19, 2-3:15pm, Windsor Complex. Polycom will discuss how customers
    can leverage existing video assets to extend collaboration beyond the
  *“Lync 2013 Video Conferencing & Interoperability,” Thursday, February 21,
    9-10:15am, Ballroom. Attendees will learn about advances in video
    technologies, such as Scalable Video Coding, which Lync 2013 leverages to
    dramatically improve the conferencing experience.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications
and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted
by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered
by the Polycom^® RealPresence^® Platform, comprehensive software
infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of
communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver
secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment.Polycom and its
ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications
solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor
interoperability, and lowest TCO.Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on
Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of
human collaboration forward.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right
to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related
specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a
when and if available basis.

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the
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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
"safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 regarding future events, including statements regarding the features and
functionality of the new solutions, Polycom’s intent to deliver the new
solutions in the second half of 2013, and Polycom’s intent to acquire Sentri,
Inc. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties
that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the parties
satisfying the closing conditions to acquire Sentri; the impact of competition
on our product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of
increased competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from
companies that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; our
ability to bring our new products and offerings to market in a timely manner
due to engineering, manufacturing or other delays; changing market demands;
potential fluctuations in results and future growth rates; risks associated
with general economic conditions and external market factors; the market
acceptance of our products and changing market demands, including demands for
differing technologies or product and services offerings; our ability to
successfully integrate our acquisitions into our business; possible delays in
the development, availability and shipment of new products; increasing costs
and differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause
disruption to the business; our inability to achieve the expected results from
adjustments being made to our expense profile; the impact of restructuring
actions; and the impact of global conflicts and changing laws that may
adversely impact our business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are
discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2012, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom
disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking


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