Poly Introduces Poly Studio X Series for Microsoft Teams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Poly | November 04, 2019

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT), a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, will introduce video conferencing devices with a built-in Microsoft Teams experience at Microsoft Ignite 2019. The Poly Studio X Series, purpose-built, all-in-one video bars for Microsoft teams, will offer a native Teams meeting and calling experience and are among a host of Poly solutions built for Teams that the company will demonstrate at the show. The Poly Studio X Series consists of two new video bars designed for small rooms, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series are purpose-built appliances that will run the Teams application natively. The Studio X Series supports 4K Ultra high definition (UHD), advanced noise suppression and unmatched video production rules to improve all aspects of the meeting experience. Users can choose to control the Studio X Series with the new Poly TC8 touch screen.

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For cybercriminals, no business is too small to exploit. However, small business owners still have this mindset that only multinational organizations are targeted by cybercriminals. They continue believing that since they’re small players, they’re safe. Because of this, these business owners take cybercriminal threats and security for granted, making their small businesses ripe for the picking.

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For cybercriminals, no business is too small to exploit. However, small business owners still have this mindset that only multinational organizations are targeted by cybercriminals. They continue believing that since they’re small players, they’re safe. Because of this, these business owners take cybercriminal threats and security for granted, making their small businesses ripe for the picking.

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TeamingPro | November 03, 2021

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