24/05/2005

Microsoft plugs in major VoIP push - vnunet.com

Microsoft plugs in major VoIP push - vnunet.com

Microsoft has been quietly adopting VoIP (and specifically SIP) for several years. Windows XP has been VoIP enabled for some time and Windows Messenger included a VoIP stack since version 4.7 or thereabouts.

Microsoft are going to fire their big guns with Live Communications Server 2005 and have announed parterships with companies in the IP PBX space like Siemens and Alcatel.

Though Instant Messaging (IM) and real-time collaboration tools can be of great benefit, business users tend to like using real phones (rather than PC based softphones) to make actual calls.

Though Microsoft will make a big song and dance, most people will still want a real phone on their desk.
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