ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PGi (NYSE: PGI), a global leader in collaboration software and services for over 20 years, today announced the integration of its market-leading global hybrid IP audio network with Microsoft Lync Server 2013, empowering PGi's Lync customers worldwide with the reliable, easy-to-use audio conferencing experience trusted by 75% of the Fortune 100™.
"PGi has the world's most advanced IP network, purpose-built for collaboration–which we believe gives us a real advantage in the market," said David Guthrie, PGi chief technology officer. "Our proprietary Microsoft Lync Server integration offers a more scalable, cost-effective and feature-rich solution, while delivering faster connection times and all the benefits of PGi's collaboration expertise. This important step in our 10-year relationship with Microsoft is the first of our planned integrations with Lync Server, which will ultimately include our entire suite of award-winning collaboration software solutions."
PGi's GlobalMeet® Audio conferencing solution works directly with an enterprise's Microsoft Lync deployment to deliver:
- Global coverage: Connect participants worldwide with more than 150 local access points.
- Crystal-clear audio quality: Reliable, high-quality audio for more productive meetings.
- Seamless integration: Meetings managed through the Lync interface; no user training required.
- Hybrid audio: Mix dial-in, dial-out and VoIP calls to connect participants from inside and outside the company's firewall in the same meeting.
- Large meeting capacity: Meetings with up to 300 people with flawless audio quality.
- Better meeting management: Meeting hosts are equipped with a range of audio controls, including the popular "*0" option that provides immediate access to 24/7 live customer care.
"A growing number of UC-enabled businesses are searching for partners who can help provide a high quality and consistent collaboration experience today, while positioning for advanced collaboration tomorrow," said Bill Haskins, Wainhouse Research senior analyst and partner. "The integration between PGi's proven global collaboration cloud and Microsoft Lync offers a solid value proposition for IT buyers looking to bridge internal Lync users with external partners, international callers, mobile workers and team members who are still reliant on their current voice services—without the cost and complexity of integrating external networks directly into their Lync collaboration environment."
For more than two decades, the world's most recognizable brands have trusted PGi to help them scope, deploy and manage their complex global collaboration technologies and to deliver measureable business results. PGi was first to market with Microsoft Lync Online audio and previously announced integrations with Microsoft® Live Meeting® 2003 and 2007 and OCS 2007. To learn more, please visit pgi.com/globalmeet-audio/integrations/.
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About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi has been a leading global provider of collaboration software and services for over 20 years. PGi's cloud-based software applications empower business users to connect, collaborate and share ideas and information from their desktop, tablet or smartphone, enabling greater productivity in the office or on the go. PGi has a global presence in 25 countries, and its award-winning solutions provide a collaborative advantage to over 45,000 enterprise customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100™. In the last five years, PGi has hosted more than 1.1 billion people from 137 countries in over 250 million virtual meetings. For more information, visit PGi at pgi.com.
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