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Microsoft and Nortel announce unified comms success

John-Paul Kamath

Microsoft and Nortel have announced that 430,000 licenses have been issued for their range of jointly developed unified communications (UC) products since its launch last year. According to Gartner, this is indicative of enterprise seeing increased value in using unified communications.

"UC products matured significantly during the past 12 months and by the end of 2007, 80%of enterprise communications purchase decisions will require support for unified communications," said Bern Elliot, vice-presidnet at Gartner.

Elliot said that initially, justifying unified communications was still difficult since it spanned different technology, market and application areas. In pursuing a UC strategy, enterprises were still worried that they could end up with disparate applications operating over their networks.

By Microsoft and Nortel teaming up to develop a common communication architecture for enterprise, this has helped provide some users with a standard platform to integrate into their existing IP networks.

The companies came together last year to migrate traditional PBX phone systems onto a software-based IP platform. This combines Microsoft's unified communications software platform and Nortel's own software products.

Microsoft and Nortel said that a software-centric approach to phone systems would enable businesses to reduce the total cost of ownership and will allow the creation of new applications and services faster.

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