Polycom Inc has announced that the Polycom RealPresence Group Series, an industry-leading in-room video conferencing solution, is the first and only standards-based video solution to be certified for Microsoft Skype for Business online in Office 365.

Customers are now getting an enhanced Skype for Business meeting experience in an Office 365 environment, thanks to Polycom’s award-winning audio and video conferencing. With solutions like the Polycom EagleEye Director II camera that follows the active speaker around the room, high-definition audio and dual screen support, meeting participants will feel as though they’re in the same room.

“Microsoft has been one of Polycom’s most valuable partners and together, we have worked to deliver the best collaboration experience for our customers. This certification will give Office 365 customers more flexibility, incorporating legendary Polycom audio and video within a familiar Skype for Business user interface and work flow,” said Minhaj Zia, Vice President for Polycom in India, SAARC & South East Asia.

The certification offers more flexibility and choice on how Office 365 customers experience meetings. RealPresence Group Series joins a portfolio of Polycom video solutions certified to work with Skype for Business and Office 365. Polycom will be developing a next generation Skype Room System, the Polycom MSR Series, to offer customers a native Skype experience in the conference room. Customers with existing Cisco endpoints can still connect with Office365 by using Polycom RealConnect for Office 365 — the service that connects Cisco, Polycom and other vendor’s endpoints to Skype for Business online seamlessly.

“For more than 14 years, Microsoft and Polycom have brought the most powerful collaboration experiences to our customers,” said Amy Barzdukas, Chief Marketing Officer, Polycom. “This certification means the Office365 meeting experience just got even better.”

Polycom has developed the largest portfolio of voice and video solutions with more than 40 directly integrating with Microsoft platforms, including Skype for Business on premises and in Office 365, Microsoft Lync, Active Directory and Exchange. The Polycom Group Series solutions will be listed on the Microsoft TechNet site and the Skype for Business Partner Solution Catalog for Skype for Business online/Office 365.