Microsoft to acquire chat provider Parlano

Microsoft is acquiring group chat and enterprise instant messaging provider Parlano to bolster its forthcoming Office Communications Server 2007 unified messaging platform.

Microsoft is acquiring group chat and enterprise instant messaging provider Parlano to bolster its forthcoming Office Communications Server 2007 unified messaging platform.

Parlano's MindAlign product will be added as a new feature to Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator - Microsoft's server and client software for presence, instant messaging, conferencing and voice over IP.

"Parlano has been successful in meeting the rigorous communications needs of companies in financial services and other vertical markets," said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice-president of the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft.

"Parlano's expertise and technology, added to Microsoft's unified communications offering, will deliver customers the most complete presence, instant messaging and group chat solution on the market," he claimed.

Founded in 2000, Parlano offers group chat technology that enables people to carry on topic-specific, multi-party instant messaging discussions that persist over time. Parlano's software is used by companies in a variety of industries, including financial services and call centres to conduct ongoing business-critical conversations.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

The deal is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2007, said Redmond.

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