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Nortel, Microsoft issue details of alliance ‘roadmap’

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and Nortel Networks Inc.'s CEO and President Mike Zafirovski today announced a jo...


January 19, 2007  


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Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and Nortel Networks Inc.’s CEO and President Mike Zafirovski today announced a joint roadmap, which they described as a shared vision for unified communications.

The roadmap is the result of an alliance between the two companies announced in July 2006 and includes three new joint initiatives that “break down the barriers between voice, e-mail, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and other forms of communication.”

Speaking at an event in New York, Ballmer and Zafirovski outlined how companies can improve employee productivity and effectiveness and reduce the cost and complexity of communications.

They also announced 11 new implementation services from Nortel and the opening of more than 20 joint demonstration centres where customers can experience the technology firsthand.

“We are executing forcefully on the vision of this alliance and have made tremendous progress,” Zafirovski said.

“Our goal is to close the gap between the devices we use to communicate and the business applications we use to run our businesses, giving employees the power to use information more quickly and effectively.”