Microsoft is working with a variety of network hardware companies to make it easier for customers to use its communications hub.
Microsoft is working with Alcatel, Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, NEC, Nortel and Siemens to enable interoperability between voice solutions and its Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and Office Communicator Mobile fixed and mobile client software.
The aim is to make the Office Live Communications Server 2005 platform an improved hub for business communications.
As a result of the partnerships with the network hardware suppliers, business users supported by Office Communicator will be able to see if colleagues are available to receive their phone calls via landlines or mobiles.
This “presence” functionality will see Microsoft working with Cisco, for example, to integrate Office Communicator 2005 and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 with Cisco’s new SIP-based Cisco Unified Communications system.
With the Alcatel tie-in, Alcatel’s OmniPCX, OmniTouch, MyTeamwork and Genesys Enterprise Telephony Software (GETS) interface will be integrated with Live Communications Server and Office Communicator to deliver voice collaboration for enterprise users.
Similar deals have been made with the other suppliers to deliver presence solutions to businesses.