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HP, Microsoft sign UC and collaboration deal

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a four-year strategic global initiative to deliver unified comm...


May 25, 2009  


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Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a four-year strategic global initiative to deliver unified communications and collaboration products and services.

As part of their Frontline Partnership, the two companies expect to invest up to an additional $180 million in product development, professional services, as well as joint sales and marketing, which they say will help organizations lower costs and improve productivity.

The solution, which is planned to span software, hardware, networking and services, would enable customers to improve business output and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs. This would be accomplished by streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices.

Demand for unified communications and collaboration technologies is growing rapidly. According to an independent report from Forrester Research, 84% of enterprises in North America and Europe are currently evaluating, piloting or implementing unified communications and collaboration solutions, and the market is expected to grow at a rate of 35.9% through 2015.