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Posted by Henry Dewing on August 9, 2010
Today (August 9, 2010) Microsoft and Polycom made public their future-looking plans to continue to work together to develop and deliver unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions. The two companies have worked together for some time in the UC&C market, for example:
So what’s different and why the public announcement? The two companies are making plain their intent to work together in a strategic fashion.
In my opinion, this last point has the potential to have market influence. With big dollars being committed by both companies to design, develop, and deliver interoperable solutions, the two companies are putting a public face on the intentions of the UCIF. Using published standards and APIs to deliver interoperable solutions allows buyers and architects the choice of best-of-breed components as they design and implement UC&C solutions for their companies. If this model can be applied by all members of the UCIF (UCIF members HP and Vidyo have also already taken a first step in announcing their strategic alliance in June) — and if UCIF membership can be extended to more major UC&C solution developers — then the entire industry can accelerate the rate at which the business results of UC&C buyers are positively affected by their adoption of UC&C.
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