Plantronics Listed Among Top Finalists For The 2012 Microsoft Communications Technology Partner Of The Year Award

Today, Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) announced it has been selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Communications Technology Partner of the Year Award. The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

“We’ve been fortunate to be a Microsoft partner award recipient for the past several years, and the continued validation of our efforts is greatly appreciated,” said Shantanu Sarkar, vice president, software development, Plantronics. “The confluence of hardware and software coming from Plantronics married with Microsoft Lync enables customers to benefit from better communications and more streamlined business processes. It’s an exciting time to be working in UC, and we’re very glad to be doing so with such an outstanding partner.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide. The Communications Technology Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who is helping customers to advance their businesses by building communications products and/or applications on the Microsoft Lync platform. This solution integrated communications across a wide range of business processes and productivity tools (such as end-user devices, voice and video solution, and communications-enabled business process (CEBPs)). It solved customer business challenges by increasing efficiency, enhancing features and functionality, or by extending the existing products with unique add-ons.

“We are proud to recognize our 2012 Partner Award finalists for their outstanding commitments to solving customer challenges,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “Our partners are critical to our success as a company, and it is their creativity and innovative thinking in solving the unique needs of our customers that serves as the foundation for mutual, long-term success. We congratulate this year’s finalists on their achievements and look forward to following their continued success in the future.”

Plantronics is addressing real-world business challenges associated with the rapid transition to a more mobile and connected world with the introduction of the Plantronics Developer Connection (PDC). This comprehensive toolset supports developers who wish to leverage the contextual information available from Plantronics devices, including proximity, location and identity, and use this information to add value to software applications. The Plantronics Unified Communications product portfolio optimized for Microsoft® Lync builds on the extensibility of the platform by offering Windows developers an unprecedented opportunity to create context-aware applications. These applications have the power to change the way people communicate and collaborate by linking the application to the user via the headset.

On a related note, please watch for the PDC Microsoft Contextual Intelligence App Challenge coming soon. Plantronics is looking for developers to make applications smarter with Microsoft and the Plantronics SDK, and we’ll be awarding one lucky winner a $2,000 prize. Contest starts July 9, 2012. Visit the PDC site for more details.

In addition to its latest innovation in context-aware communications, Plantronics has long delivered an extensive range of UC audio solutions so Microsoft customers can experience the useful voice benefits of Lync. With over one million audio device solutions optimized for Microsoft Lync sold to date, Plantronics has made it clear it is dedicated to helping drive Lync user adoption for deploying voice on the desktop.

Plantronics is attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, July 8-12. Please visit us at booth #344.

About Plantronics - SIMPLY SMARTER COMMUNICATIONS ™

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, Simply Smart Communications, and Smart Sensor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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