Microsoft and Polycom announce ‘Real’ interoperability at Enterprise Connect 2017

At day two (29th March) of the annual Enterprise Connect event in Gaylord Palms, Orlando, Microsoft announced to the ‘Oooh’s’ and ‘Ahhh’s’ of the crowd that Polycom's new RealConnect will allow Office 365 users with Skype for Business to add Cisco devices to meetings.

It is being described as an important step that increases the reach of Skype for Business Online users to connect with other video conferencing platforms.

Yes, it is an important step, but this is the first announcement, with go live happening next quarter.

Available right now with the same functionality is Videocall’s ICE platform.

We have an established service that already connects Skype for Business users to users of any other video enabled platform, whether that is Cisco or any other, using Polycom’s RealConnect. We already have companies using this service successfully. You can read about how ICE is the perfect single service platform to connect multiple platforms, or importantly multiple workflows, without destroying them in our latest blogs.

Our ICE Connect feature allows users of Skype for Business Online to hold meetings within the AVMCU world until they are required to connect to another service. At this point a connection is made that, when using our Super Ports, will never exceed 3.5 concurrent connections. This means that 10, 20 or 50 Skype for Business users could connect to a Cisco MX700 in the boardroom and never use more than 3.5 ports.

There is no change to the workflow, or the appearance for Skype for Business users in the whole process.

What’s more, our ICE service can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid deployment, lifting it higher again than yesterday’s announcement.

To find out more about ICE and discover how it is more than just an interoperability service for Skype for Business, read our latest eBook, or contact us to start the conversation now.

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