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Microsoft jumps into unified communications market (October 16, 2007)

Microsoft Canada Co. today announced the availability of new communications products, which the company says marks ...


October 16, 2007  


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Microsoft Canada Co. today announced the availability of new communications products, which the company says marks the first step towards significantly reducing the cost of the average Voice over IP (VoIP) communication system by half.

The unified communications products bring together the phone, e-mail, instant messaging and video via software.

We’re bringing voice back into the enterprise by weaving it through familiar business processes, said Phil Sorgen, president of Microsoft Canada. Microsoft’s vision brings voice seamlessly into the productivity and knowledge tools businesses use today.”

People no longer have to punch in a work phone number, cell phone coordinates, or try numerous e-mail and instant messaging addresses to reach whoever they want to contact. This simplifies connectivity for Canadian workers.

The suite of products include client software for phone, instant messaging and video communications, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft RoundTable, a conferencing phone with a 360-degree camera that can capture participants in a meeting and also record meetings.

Technology partners include Bell Canada, Nortel, Mitel and Allstream.