By Carol Shottes, UC and Commercial Solutions Marketing Manager, HP Networking
When I think phones, the name HP isn’t the first company name on the tip of my tongue. Is that your experience, too? So when HP introduces new IP phones optimized for Microsoft® Lync™ I have some questions!
Why is HP offering these IP phones?
Back in May 2009, HP and Microsoft announced a four-year strategic global initiative to deliver an end-to-end unified communications and collaboration solution. The initiative covered product development and integration activities, with joint teams to collaborate on products and services development across Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office Communications Server (now Lync™) as well as HP Networking products—including HP Survivable Branch Communication zl Module powered by Microsoft Lync for branch offices and now Microsoft qualification for new IP phones optimized for Lync™.
Why would I purchase an IP phone optimized for Microsoft Lync™ from HP?
First, these natively integrated phones deliver rich presence, clear, high-definition audio and seamless plug-and-play functionality at an attractive price.
Second, with the addition of the phones to the HP Microsoft portfolio of products and services, you can now deal with one company, HP, to provide all the software, hardware and service components needed for their Microsoft Lync™ upgrades and implementations worldwide.
Now that’s a solid convenience, even if HP isn’t the first company name on the tip of my tongue when I think IP phones.
What’s your call on HP’s new IP phones for Microsoft Lync™?
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