Comms hardware firms get behind Microsoft unified communications

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Comms hardware firms get behind Microsoft unified communications

Antony Savvas

A number of comms device manufacturers have said they will build products around Microsoft’s unified communications software platform.

At this week’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), Asustek Computer, GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung, and Vitelix said they will roll-out devices, including phones, that will become available for use in the public beta program of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

“Today’s office phone is marooned on an island, separate from the rest of the communications tools that information workers rely on to do their jobs,” said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft business division.

“By weaving the business phone together with e-mail, instant messaging, presence, conferencing and the productivity software people use most, we are putting voice communications back into business,” said Raikes.

The 15 phones and devices, that will be unveiled tomorrow, include internet protocol (IP) phones, universal serial bus (USB) phones, wired and wireless headsets, conferencing phones, LCD monitors and laptops.

Unified communications to fuel pbx growth >>

Businesses interested in taking part in the Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator beta programme >> 

More information about the public beta programme >>

Microsoft releases private beta of voice server >>

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