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Radvision and Microsoft team up on UC development

Video conferencing system developer Radvision has announced that it has entered a new strategic partnership with Microsoft to create a unified communications solution for business and enterprise users.

The new partnership was announced at Radvision’s Global Partner Forum in Israel earlier this week, according to Israeli business news source Globes. Radvision says that under the terms of the partnership, it will develop a combination of hardware and software video conferencing solutions fully integrated with Microsoft’s real-time enterprise communications server, Lync.

Trading Markets reports that the benefits of this partnership were briefly highlighted in a keynote presentation at the Forum by Warren Barkley, general manager of the Lync Parnet and Customer Group at Microsoft.

“[Our partnership will] bring customers an interoperable UC solution that allows users to merge their choice of HD video conferencing and telepresence systems with the simplicity of UC at the desktop,” he said. “With the Microsoft and Radvision solutions, customers can have confidence that their existing and new investments in video communications will interoperate within the UC environment.”

Also speaking at the Forum was Scott Morrison, Research Vice President at Gartner intelligence. Mr Morrison said that his firm estimates that in 2009 there were some 1.5 million room-based video conferencing facilities around the world – and that “Vendors that do not include video in a coherent UC platform road map are less likely to succeed in the long-term.”

As reported by Computer Business Review, both companies have also agreed to invest resources in the development, sales and marketing of their joint offering.