|By Business Wire||
|February 19, 2013 08:21 AM EST||
Lync Conference 2013 – The changing workplace and mobility of today’s workers can present challenges for companies rolling out Unified Communications (UC). Flexible working requires tools that keep people connected in busy airports as easily as from home or in the office and smarter devices that bring context to Microsoft Lync® deliver a more natural experience. Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) understands the way people work and has developed a suite of products designed to make communicating through Microsoft Lync easier, regardless of your environment.
“Enterprises of all sizes can benefit from Microsoft’s productivity software, both on-premise and in the cloud,” said Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft. “Plantronics’s offerings provide its customers with the ability to accelerate their adoption of new technologies across the enterprise and helps increase employee productivity, efficiency, and organizational flexibility.”
Plantronics Optimized for Microsoft Lync 2013 portfolio includes the Voyager Legend™ UC headset and the Blackwire® 700 series headsets which have sensors than can deliver contextual information into software applications. The intelligence delivered by the Voyager Legend UC includes information such as the person’s proximity to their PC and if they are wearing a headset or not. This information can make it easier for a flexible workforce to connect by providing more accurate presence information.
“Our portfolio of UC products provides great performance and, by tapping into the Plantronics SDK, devices like the Voyager Legend UC can also deliver important information about a person’s physical environment into applications like Lync,” said Bill Loewenthal, vice president of Enterprise Solutions at Plantronics. “With our latest sensor-enabled wearable technology, users can look forward to boosting the power of a Lync environment through contextual intelligence.”
Learn More about Plantronics at Lync Conference 2013
Plantronics is Platinum sponsor of the Lync Conference in San Diego (February 19-21). Attendees are welcome to experience Plantronics’ unified communications portfolio in Booth #1 at the conference. In the booth attendees will see demonstrations of Plantronics contextual intelligence integrated into Microsoft Lync. In addition, Bill Loewenthal along with Plantronics’ CIO Tom Gill will deliver a Partner Session presentation titled, “The Power of UC, Amplified” on Wednesday, February 20 from 8:30am-9:15am.
Plantronics Product Families Optimized for Microsoft Lync 2013
Delivering a choice of high quality audio endpoints optimized for Microsoft Lync 2013 can be critical for user adoption. The Optimized for Microsoft Lync 2013 products are available now through authorized Plantronics Distributors and Resellers.
Plantronics Voyager Legend UC: USB Bluetooth® Headset System
The Voyager Legend UC is a CES award-winning product which connects to a PC, mobile phone or tablet. This headset understands how and when you want to talk, with Smart Sensor™ technology that reacts when you put the headset on, letting you quickly take a call without a click. Tapping the voice command button provides battery level, connection status, and more. A portable charging case and a desktop charging stand mean that it’s always ready, while precision-tuned triple mics cancel noise and wind.
Plantronics Blackwire: USB Corded Headsets
The Blackwire family includes the CES award-winning Blackwire 700 series, a versatile headset that goes beyond providing outstanding audio quality by also connecting to a Bluetooth enabled phone or tablet. A detachable cable and integrated clothing clip allow you to take your mobile call to-go with up to 10 hours of talk time.
Plantronics Calisto®: USB Phones & Speakerphones
The Calisto family includes the CES award winning Calisto 620, a multi-device speakerphone that connects to a PC and a mobile phone. The speakerphone is portable, sounds great and sets up easily. It provides up to seven hours of talk time, has its own high-quality travel case, and is an ideal size to throw in a laptop bag.
Plantronics Savi®: DECT™/Bluetooth Wireless Headset Systems
The headset line features wideband audio support through DECT wireless technology, providing lifelike voice fidelity and the ability to roam up to 350 feet from the base. The Savi 700 series connects to PC, mobile and desk phone and allows you to manage all calls from a single wireless headset. The Savi 400 series delivers high sound quality for PC communications and the convenience of portability.
To complete the Optimized for Microsoft Lync portfolio, Plantronics has unveiled several products in its Savi line of long range wireless DECT headsets.
- Savi 710 and Savi 720 – over-the-head headset, available in mono and binaural wearing options, using both DECT and Bluetooth wireless technologies. The Savi 700 Series allows users to easily manage and switch between PC, mobile and desk phone calls from a single wireless headset.
- Savi 410 and Savi 420 – over-the-head headset, available in both mono and binaural wearing options. The Savi 400 Series is the only PC-based wireless headset system with DECT technology that provides the portability, range and audio quality needed for today’s flexible work-styles.
About Plantronics - Simply Smarter Communications™
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.
Plantronics, Blacktop, Blackwire, Savi, Simply Smarter Communications, Smart Sensor and Voyager Legend are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. DECT is a trade mark of ETSI registered in France and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.
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