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Microsoft partners announce new products and services built on Microsoft's Unified Communications platform; already 793 systems integrators are qualified to implement Microsoft UC

October 18, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

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More than 50 partners joined Microsoft to announce new products and services built on Microsoft's unified communications platform. These partners include the following:

- Systems integrators. Seven hundred ninety-three partners have achieved Microsoft UC Specialization in less than four months since Microsoft opened the program. These partners are trained to help customers deploy Microsoft unified communications software.

- Telephony providers. Three global telephony leaders are announcing their road maps to build next-generation software applications on Microsoft’s voice platform:

- Nortel Networks confirmed pending availability of five software-based solutions and applications to enhance Office Communications Server as part of the Innovative Communications Alliance (http://www.innovativecommunicationsalliance.com). Nortel also confirmed it is on track to more than double the number of Office Communications Server certified engineers in the UC Systems Integration practice.

- Ericsson announced the Ericsson Enterprise Mobility Gateway, which will be built on VoIP call management in Office Communications Server to bring office communications to any mobile device, reducing mobile costs and maximizing existing investments.

- Mitel Networks Corp. announced plans to develop a software-based solution that leverages Office Communications Server’s VoIP call management capabilities to meet the specialized telephony needs of small and medium-sized businesses in vertical markets.

- Independent software vendors. Independent software vendors announced plans to incorporate presence and click-to-communicate features from Microsoft unified communications platform into their software applications. In addition, SAP AG plans to integrate Office Communications Server with Duet software, which is jointly developed with Microsoft and provides access to SAP processes and data through Microsoft Office applications. This will enable business users to see presence and to click to communicate while working within Duet.

- Phone and device manufacturers. Seven manufacturers announced global availability of 15 new Microsoft UC-qualified phones and devices today, increasing choices for customers. Microsoft is working closely with more than 15 strategic partners to develop new UC-enabled endpoints including handsets, wireless phones, webcams and laptops. Conferencing leader Tandberg also announced its plans to build a video and webconferencing solution incorporating Microsoft unified communications software to ensure that customers can maximize their investment in existing infrastructure.

Microsoft also unveiled its Unified Communications Open Interoperability, a telephony system qualification program, to give customers the assurance that Microsoft unified communications software works with their telephony systems. A list of qualified products, including eight products from five companies that have already received the qualification, is available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=87482.

To view the keynote address, learn more about Microsoft unified communications software or download evaluation copies, customers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/uc.







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