Hybrid Working and the Next Normal: My Thoughts on Poly’s New Study

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I received an email last week telling me about Poly’s (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) latest virtual event, introducing its study on the market. The report, dubbed “Hybrid Working: Creating the ‘Next Normal’ in Work Practices, Spaces and Culture,” was made to “highlight the shift in focus from place of work to purpose of work as […]

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Poly Issues Hybrid Working Report for Creating the “Next Normal”

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) issued a new report highlighting a granular shift in focus from “place” to “purpose” of work as businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis, redesign their operations and reinvent the way they work. Out of city coworking spaces, ergonomic at-home work setups and virtual water cooler moments — the effects of […]

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Poly Sells 17 Million+ Microsoft Teams Headsets and Stocks 20 MS Teams-Certified Models

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) announced Thursday that it now has the largest portfolio of Microsoft-Teams-certified headsets available, with more than twenty headsets and personal speakerphones certified for Teams. Poly has sold nearly 17 million Microsoft-compatible devices over the last three years. The MS Teams portfolio of certified devices includes the Voyager 4200 Office Series […]

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Plantronics and Poly Now Offer Microsoft Teams Natively on the Studio X Video Bars

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Plantronics and Poly announced Tuesday that the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 video bars now run Microsoft Teams natively. Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 are both now available for order with native Teams running right out of the box. Organizations that have already purchased and/or deployed the Poly Studio X and […]

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5 Questions with David Danto for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0

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David Danto is the director of emerging technology for the IMCCA, or The Interactive Multimedia and Collaborative Communications Alliance. David will be a speaker on UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 for our cleverly coined “LAVNCH & Learn.” I was excited to hear what he was planning to talk about (hint: how does UC&C drive […]

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Poly and Plantronics’ X50, X70, G7500 Are First Zoom Room Appliances to Receive Zoom Certification

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Plantronics and Poly announced Thursday that the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 video bars and the Poly G7500 videoconferencing system are now the first Zoom Rooms Appliances to receive Zoom certification. As the first Android-based appliances to offer native Zoom Rooms functionality, the Poly Studio X30, Poly Studio X50 and G7500 videoconferencing devices […]

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Plantronics and Poly Have a New Series of Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms

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Plantronics and Poly unveiled a new series of Poly Room Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms Friday. These are the Poly G10-T, G40-T and G80-T. The listed solutions include audio and video tools for users on Microsoft Teams and give IT managers the ability to scale for meeting rooms of all sizes. Teams has more than […]

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New Poly USB Headset Comes Equipped with Active Noise-Canceling Technology

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) unveiled the latest addition Tuesday to the company’s Blackwire line. The Blackwire 8225 is a corded plug-and-play USB headset. It’s designed to reduce background noise and deliver uninterrupted communications so users can work from anywhere. Three settings of hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) technology allow users to adjust, to fit their […]

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Whatever Happened to Polycom? And Is Adobe the Next Zoom?

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Remember when Polycom and Cisco were always mentioned in the same sentence? Seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, huh? Do you remember when we were all saying, “Why don’t Polycom and Cisco just make their stuff interoperable?” Well, that was what led to their ultimate demise — in […]

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Plantronics Releases Additions to Voyager 4200, Voyager 5200 Series

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Plantronics released today the Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series. These Bluetooth headset systems are an extension of the Voyager 4200 UC and Voyager 5200 UC Series. Both enable mobility and multiple connectivity options for office workers. The Voyager 4200 and Voyager 5200 Office Series will have a version available with a dedicated Microsoft […]

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Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

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I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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Poly Studio X Series Video Bar Announced at Zoomtopia 2019

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia, Poly announced two new purpose-built, all-in-one video bars, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series does not require an external PC or Mac to drive the Zoom Rooms experience and features new Poly MeetingAI capabilities for audio and video experiences built on machine learning and artificial […]

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Zoom Announces Expanded Platform, New Technologies at Zoomtopia 2019

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Zoom Video Communications just announced at Zoomtopia 2019 (its annual user conference) that major additions are coming to its software platforms. All of these, which are outlined below, will be become available on the platform by the end of January 2020. New Zoom Rooms Appliances: These are purpose-built Zoom Rooms hardware devices that Zoom is […]

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Poly Is Still Trying to Convince People That Hardware-Based Conferencing Is a Thing with G7500

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Poly today announced the Poly G7500, which is basically a hardware-based VTC codec, an EagleEye IV camera (or EagleEye Cube USB), a Poly IP Microphone, a Bluetooth Remote control and cabling all packaged together in a way that integrates audio, wireless content sharing and 4K video for small and medium-sized meeting rooms for those that […]

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Plantronics and Polycom to Become One Company with New Name: Poly

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Plantronics today announced that the company will transform into a new company called Poly. In explaining the new name, their press release explained that Poly, which means “many,” leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect across and between unified communications platforms to reduce […]

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