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Microsoft Roundtable transitions to Polycom

Microsoft Roundtable transitions to Polycom

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Microsoft & Polycom announced yesterday that the Microsoft Roundtable conferencing device (used with Live Meeting or OCS 2007 to present a 360° view of the room to participants joining from elsewhere), will be replaced.

Polycom are taking over the manufacturing and distribution of Roundtable and renaming it to the somewhat-less-natty “CX5000 Unified Conference Station”.

In many ways, this is good news since it fits within Polycom’s core strength rather than being something of an adjunct product (which is there to support something else, which is pretty much how the Roundtable fitted into the Microsoft world), and it should be available from a lot more places than before.

If you haven’t seen the Roundtable/CX5000 before, check out Forrester Research’s Erica Driver, on her own blog, comparing the experience of using Roundtable to An IMAX Movie after listening to FM radio.

  • I didn’t know just how simple and easy this was.  I was chatting to Jane who is onsite at a customer

  • I hope Roundtable (or whatever that new ugly name is) still does essentially the same thing, but even more cheaper.

  • I want to know if they will integrate it with other video conferencing systems not just through OCS

  • Well, Dennis, I suppose that's a question for Polycom but I doubt it - thus far, the integration level has been to provide an interface between their existing VC systems and OCS; both Polycom & Tandberg do this already.

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