Combine the expertise from conferencing systems leader Polycom and internet communications specialist Skype and the result is the Polycom Communicator. The portable, Universal Serial Bus-based speakerphone delivers hands-free, two-way voice communication for Skype video and voice conversations without echoes or feedback. The Polycom Communicator also doubles as a high-fidelity speaker for playing audio or games from a laptop or desktop personal computer. The device was designed to complement the Skype for Business internet call offerings aimed at small enterprises ( www.skype.com ). The Communicator, the first joint product from Polycom and Skype, is expected to be available by mid-year. It will cost US$129 in North America, but pricing may vary in other markets.