Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Microsoft details unified communications road map

Main items include:
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, which is Microsoft's new name for its Live Communications Server. It will include voice-over-IP call management, as well as audio-, video- and webconferencing and instant messaging communication with and across software applications and devices.

Microsoft plans to release its Office Communicator 2007, a unified communications client that works with Communications Server 2007 to provide enterprise VoIP through a softphone. Microsoft also announced Office Live Meeting, which includes audio and video capabilities for conferencing from a PC and is due out at about the same time.

A new product: Office RoundTable.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is also expected for release in late 2006 or early 2007, and Microsoft Speech Server 2007 will be available in late 2006

Partnerships with other communications vendors and includes plans for IP desktop phones that run Communicator software. The vendors named were Polycom Inc., LG-Nortel Co. Ltd. and Thomson Telecom. Microsoft also announced interoperability with or partnerships with Hewlett-Packard Co., Siemens AG and Motorola Inc.


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