Microsoft invests in Bellevue’s Unify Square


Story by Brier Dudley

Microsoft is backing a Bellevue startup – founded by a Microsoft veteran – that’s helping big companies deploy and run Microsoft’s Lync communications platform.

Unify Square is announcing today that it raised $8.2 million from Microsoft and angel investors, including former Yahoo, IBM and Ariba executives. It will use the funding to accelerate product development and partnerships with other vendors while expanding its global reach.

Unify Square is led by people who helped Microsoft get its start in unified communications. At the startup, they now build their own software-as-a-service products, such as Lync analytics and monitoring tools.

“This funding and especially the deepening partnership with Microsoft here allow us to take our formula – our products, our solutions, our services – to basically the entire, worldwide set of Lync customers,” said Sonu Aggarwal, Unify Square’s founder and chief executive.

Zig Serafin, vice president of Skype Business Services at Microsoft, said in a release that Unify Square’s portfolio helps “large enterprises get the most out of Lync.”

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