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Microsoft and 9 Technology Partners Release New-Look Phones and Devices

Microsoft Corp. and nine of its partners -- ASUSTek Computer., GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX - recently introduced new devices that connect the workplace phone ...


July 1, 2007  


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Microsoft Corp. and nine of its partners — ASUSTek Computer., GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX – recently introduced new devices that connect the workplace phone to e-mail, instant messaging, real-time presence information, conferencing, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and mobile communications.

The phones and devices will become available for use in the public beta program of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

“Today’s office phone is marooned on an island, separate from the rest of the communications tools that information workers rely on to do their jobs,” said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division.

“By weaving the business phone together with e-mail, instant messaging, presence, conferencing and the productivity software people use most, we are putting voice communications back into business.”

In a keynote address at VoiceCon Spring 2007, Raikes predicted that in just three years, the average voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) offering for business will cost half what it does today, as VoIP systems move from hardware to software.