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Plantronics, Inc.

July 12, 2010 08:00 ET

Microsoft Recognizes Plantronics With Back-to-Back Partner Awards

Plantronics Recognized as a Finalist in the OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year Category

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  MICROSOFT WORLDWIDE PARTNER CONFERENCE -- Today Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) announced it has been selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Partner Awards in the OEM Hardware Solutions, Device Manufacturing Partner of the Year category for the second year running. Plantronics was recognized for delivering superior customer value by designing and developing hardware peripheral and device solutions that use Microsoft technologies.

Plantronics' recognition showcases the importance of unified communications solutions that deliver clear, reliable audio to people working in varied environments -- from a corporate campus to a busy airport. The Plantronics Unified Communications product portfolio optimized for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 provides an array of audio solutions designed to match diverse working styles and personal preferences.

"This is the second year in a row Microsoft has honored us with a Partner Award for our Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator devices," said Amy Huson, director of Unified Communications at Plantronics. "Working closely with Microsoft ensures our mutual customers can deliver enhanced user experiences to employees through rich audio and plug-and-play simplicity."

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year. The awards are presented in 67 categories, with winners and finalists chosen from a pool of almost 3,000 entrants worldwide. The program honors Microsoft partner companies that demonstrate great customer impact, solution innovation and optimization of Microsoft technologies.

"Congratulations to the 2010 Partner Award finalists for delivering such creative and superior Microsoft solutions and services," said Allison Watson, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. "It's incredible to see the level of expertise our partners continue to exhibit as they create and deliver innovative solutions and services to grow their businesses, meet customer needs, and drive down costs."

Plantronics -- The Voice of Unified Communications™
Plantronics offers the industry's most complete portfolio of corded and wireless Unified Communications audio endpoints. Widely recognized for their sound quality, reliability and simplicity, Plantronics' audio solutions help companies broaden the benefits of IP communications throughout the extended enterprise, fostering better business communications and efficiency regardless of where professionals are working.

Visit Plantronics Unified Communications for more information about UC-ready products.

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About Plantronics
Plantronics is a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, Plantronics delivers unparalleled audio experiences and quality that reflect nearly 50 years of innovation and customer commitment. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100 and is the headset of choice for air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

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