Lenovo and Polycom to Deliver RealPresence Video Software and Voice Communications to PCs and Mobile Devices

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Lenovo and Polycom to Deliver RealPresence Video Software and Voice Communications to PCs and Mobile Devices

Polycom® RealPresence HD Video and HD Voice to Be Embedded Across Range of Devices
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., and PLEASANTON, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced an agreement to deliver Polycom® RealPresence™ HD video and HD Voice solutions on Lenovo laptops and tablets. The two companies will develop innovative solutions that optimize and embed Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions on Lenovo laptops and tablets to deliver high-quality collaboration experiences to end-users from any location. Polycom and Lenovo are ensuring a number of devices – including select laptops in the ThinkPad T, X, L, and W Series – are Polycom-ready, providing certification and assurance that the device will perform optimally with Polycom solutions.
 
Lenovo is the first PC manufacturer to announce plans to deliver Polycom-ready products. Additionally, the companies are planning to deliver Polycom-powered solutions that embed select Lenovo desktops, laptops, and tablets with Polycom RealPresence HD video and HD Voice collaboration software. Lenovo will also resell Polycom’s personal and group communication accessories worldwide to help customers achieve a complete communications solution.
 
In the first half of 2012, Lenovo will offer select ThinkPad tablets and laptops that are certified Polycom-ready, specifically for Polycom® RealPresence Mobile and Polycom® RealPresence Desktop software. The companies are also working to embed Polycom-powered software on Lenovo products to extend powerful HD video collaboration beyond the conference room.
 
With a simple click of a mouse, RealPresence Desktop makes it easy for companies to drive video collaboration and content sharing via video more broadly throughout the organization and also across firewalls in B2B and mobile videoconferences. RealPresence Mobile, a free-to-download software application, is the first enterprise solution for tablets that extends HD video collaboration beyond traditional office boundaries with the same enterprise-class security and legendary experience Polycom customers expect in a conference room. Polycom’s mobile video collaboration solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform.
 
“Our customers choose Lenovo computing products as part of a complete technology solution, and by embedding Polycom RealPresence video collaboration software in our devices, we’re delivering extra value to customers by allowing them to easily collaborate face-to-face with anyone from anywhere,” said Rich Cheston, distinguished engineer and master inventor, Lenovo. “Both Lenovo and Polycom are committed to delivering the latest innovations that enhance productivity.”
 
"Working with Lenovo, the world’s second-largest PC maker, further accelerates our vision to make video collaboration ubiquitous by expanding the reach of Polycom RealPresence HD video and HD Voice – powered by the RealPresence Platform, the most comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration – to an even broader range of devices, from desktops to laptops to tablets," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, chief development officer, Polycom. “Embedded delivery of Polycom video collaboration software on industry leading devices, such as Lenovo, adds a new and critical route to market for Polycom. This collaboration underscores Polycom's focus and commitment to deliver the most advanced and innovative unified communications and video solutions to enable employees to collaborate with colleagues, customers, experts, and partners from wherever they work or travel.”  
 
“The powerful combination of Lenovo’s computing technology and Polycom’s unified communications and video collaboration solutions represents a growing sales and services opportunity for our channel partners,” said Kirk Robinson, vice president and general manager, Ingram Micro Commercial Markets, U.S. “As a preferred distribution partner for Lenovo and Polycom, Ingram Micro is pleased to play an integral role in the go-to-market strategy for these collaborative, all-in-one solutions.”
 
Availability
Lenovo’s ThinkPad T, X, L, and W Series laptops are currently being tested to be Polycom-ready with additional devices, such as the ThinkPad Tablet, expected in 1H 2012. Polycom and Lenovo will work to embed Polycom software on Lenovo devices in 2012. Select Polycom communications solutions, including the award winning Polycom® Communicator C100 PC speakerphone and other group and personal video collaboration accessories, are currently available for purchase through Lenovo. For more information, please visit www.lenovo.com.
 
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world’s second-largest PC vendor. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com
 
About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for
telepresence,video, and voice, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organizations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face to face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best TCO, scalability, and security – on-premises, hosted or cloud delivered. Visitwww.polycom.com or connect with Polycom onTwitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
 
Polycom UC Solutions and Polycom RealPresence Platform
Polycom UC solutions create a highly collaborative environment that significantly improves overall productivity and efficiency. Offerings include HD video and voice solutions for personal, mobile, group, and immersive telepresence experiences. The Polycom RealPresence Platform is the most comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration, and delivers the industry’s only universal bridging software that supports up to 75,000 device registrations and 25,000 concurrent sessions. With a broad ecosystem of partners, Polycom provides the most comprehensive, reliable, and scalable collaboration platform for delivering UC solutions to employees, partners, and suppliers. 
 
NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.
 
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