Microsoft completes Office VoIP system

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Microsoft completes Office VoIP system

John-Paul Kamath

Microsoft has completed work on its voice over IP server and client software. The company said Office Communications Server 2007 and the Office Communicator 2007 client would be available in six to eight weeks.

OCS 2007, which features native support for the Session Initiation Protocol, lets users instantly launch a phone call from Office 2007 applications such as Word, Outlook, or Office Communicator 2007 simply by clicking on the highlighted name of another user.

Microsoft also is positioning OCS 2007 alongside Exchange 2007, which was released late last year, as a unified messaging platform. Exchange integrates with OCS 2007 to support its built-in autoattendant for answering and routing inbound voice calls, as well as unified messaging that unifies voice mail and e-mail in a single inbox.

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