Videoconferencing supplier Tandberg has strengthened its position in open standards with the announcement of a Unified Communications Gateway technology, providing high-definition video interoperability with Microsoft Office Communicator R2.

This groundbreaking technology enables Microsoft Office Communicator users to experience high-definition video when connecting to non-Tandberg standards-based systems.
“Tandberg is the first company to transcode from Microsoft’s Real Time Video (RTV) codec to the industry standard H.264 video codec. With this breakthrough, Tandberg brings high-quality video to everyone, from Microsoft desktop to telepresence suite users,” says Bryan Thompson, Tandberg area manager, Sub-Sahara South Africa.
 “The new technology is the result of Tandberg's long-standing partnership with Microsoft and solidifies the company’s commitment to delivering the increased productivity and high-quality experience of telepresence to everyone across an organisation,” he says.
“By strengthening interoperability with Microsoft and continuing to invest in their partnership, Tandberg is sending a clear signal that the company has no intention of slowing its efforts to advance its vision of an open community of video users,” says Brent Kelly, senior analyst at Wainhouse Research.
“The UC Gateway is a critical development for enabling video users to connect in the best HD quality no matter where they are or what network they’re on, helping to bring value to customers and drive further adoption of video conferencing.”
"Tandberg is breaking down the barriers to widespread video adoption and creating a standards-based video community where no one is out of reach," he says.
"This Unified Communications Gateway innovation reflects our dedication to integration with Microsoft and illustrates our video-first approach to unified communications. We are connecting communication islands and delivering value to customers that goes beyond travel reduction – we are transforming the way people work at a pace unmatched in the industry."