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Plantronics, Inc.

November 17, 2010 11:01 ET

Plantronics' Unified Communications Product Portfolio Is Now Optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010

Preview of New Audio Solutions That Simplify Communications for Busy Professionals Wherever They Are

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) -  Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) announced that its award winning portfolio of unified communications products are now optimized for Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 at the Microsoft Lync 2010 launch event in New York. Plantronics UC audio solutions deliver plug-and-play simplicity, proven compatibility and high-quality audio for Lync voice and video communications, enabling end users to collaborate, anytime and anywhere.

A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Plantronics previewed three new products, Calisto® 825, Savi® 730 and the new Voyager™ PRO UC, that are optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010. The Plantronics product preview conveys a new connected experience that transforms business communications with Lync 2010, a single client experience for IM, voice, and video. With increases in the use of communication and collaboration tools, Plantronics is delivering smarter solutions for communicating. The Plantronics enterprise product portfolio has a comprehensive range of solutions that accommodate the various work styles, environments and audio needs of today's professional and helps IT departments rapidly deploy UC solutions and increase end-user adoption.

Connected Anytime, Anywhere
Business and personal lives are merging. People are working from the office, at home, in airports, cafes, and anywhere else work takes them. Microsoft Lync delivers on the vision of a truly integrated communications experience for the distributed workforce by unifying a suite of communication tools that foster open information sharing, increased productivity and better collaboration. 

"With Lync, Microsoft Corp. has created a tool for an increasingly distributed workforce that helps users collaborate in new ways and in many environments," said Bill Loewenthal, vice president of Unified Communications Solutions at Plantronics. "We worked with Microsoft to deliver a portfolio of audio devices designed to increase UC adoption by addressing the unique needs of a variety of end users." 

"Plantronics understands the Microsoft vision of a distributed, yet constantly connected, workforce," said Kirk Gregerson, senior director of product management, Microsoft Lync. "Plantronics' suite of devices optimized for Lync 2010 provides great audio and simplicity, ensuring end-users maximize the benefits of voice and video communications through Lync."

Simply Smarter Communications -- Portfolio Preview
The Plantronics UC portfolio optimized for Lync 2010 gives IT departments a single trusted vendor for a wide variety of audio solutions that work across mobile phones, desk phones and PCs. The new devices previewed today for Microsoft Lync 2010 combine next-generation technology, high audio quality and elegant designs to let users communicate in a way that is simpler and more intuitive, regardless of what device they are using. The Plantronics UC product families and new preview products include:

Plantronics Calisto: Wideband USB Phones
The Calisto family includes the new Plantronics Calisto 825, a multi-device speakerphone that connects to a PC and a mobile phone and seamlessly manages calls between them. It also features a unique wireless microphone that provides unparalleled speakerphone audio quality and freedom of movement. The Calisto 825 is ideal for professionals who work at home or in an office and who primarily use the PC and their mobile phone for calls. 

Plantronics Savi: Wireless DECT™ USB Wideband Headsets
The Savi family includes the new Savi 730, a wireless headset system that connects to multiple devices but allows you to manage all calls from a single headset. This system unifies communication between your PC, desk phone and now mobile phone calls. Users can also listen to any PC-based audio including music players, streaming audio and video, webinars and podcasts with Savi 730. The headset system features a noise-canceling microphone, wideband audio support, and DECT wireless technology, providing lifelike voice fidelity and the ability to roam up to 350 feet from the base. 

Plantronics Voyager UC: Bluetooth® USB Wideband Headset
For mobile professionals, the new Voyager PRO UC is the mobile office realized. This headset system connects to a PC and mobile phone and features smart sensor technology that allows you to answer calls simply by placing it on your ear while simultaneously updating softphone presence so colleagues know you are on a call. It also includes a mini Bluetooth USB adapter for increased portability. Voyager PRO UC provides superior noise and wind cancellation on both mobile phones and softphones. The Bluetooth headset also supports multipoint technology enabling users to switch between their mobile phone calls and PC calls with the touch of a button.

Plantronics Blackwire™: Corded USB Wideband Headsets
Designed for in-office and mobile PC-based conversations, the Blackwire family includes the Blackwire 420, a foldable headset designed for a mobile worker which can lay flat next to a laptop for portability. It has in-line controls for volume, answer/end and mute. Installation is easy via USB plug-and-play connectivity. 

Pricing and Availability
Plantronics' existing UC product portfolio optimized for both Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 and Microsoft Lync 2010 are available today through authorized Plantronics resellers. The new audio devices previewed will be available in 2011.

For information on becoming an authorized Plantronics reseller, visit

Plantronics -- The Voice of Unified Communications®
Plantronics offers the industry's most complete portfolio of corded and wireless Unified Communications audio solutions. 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.

UC news and perspectives can be found at the Plantronics Unified Communications Blog

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 our 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 or call (800) 544-4660.

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