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Microsoft Introduces Industry Partners for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
[May 28, 2007]

Microsoft Introduces Industry Partners for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
At Interop Las Vegas 2007 this week, Microsoft and 12 industry leaders
announced plans to make it easier for businesses to protect and extend
their communications investments.

The industry leaders are extending their support for unified
communications software from Microsoft by implementing the company's
interoperability specification for Microsoft Office Communications
Server 2007.

In the two months since Microsoft published the interoperability
specification, global telephony and networking companies such as
Alcatel- Lucent, Avaya Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Ericsson, Genesys
Telecommunications Laboratories Inc., Mitel Networks Corp., NEC Corp.,
Nortel Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications, and gateway
providers AudioCodes Ltd., Dialogic Corp. and Quintum Technologies Inc.
have stated their support for the interoperability specification for
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

"As the traditional business telecommunications model evolves,
businesses are seeking guidance for the best way to leverage their
existing assets as they deploy unified communications," said Gurdeep
Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Unified Communications Group at
Microsoft. "This broad industry support will give business the
assurance that Microsoft's unified communications software will work
with the applications and networks they have today."

Microsoft has published the specification to enable businesses to
deploy Office Communications Server 2007 for voice over Internet
protocol (VoIP), presence, instant messaging and conferencing while
maintaining compatibility with existing and planned telephony systems.

"By deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 alongside our
existing PBX systems, we've found a powerful and sensible strategy for
moving to an IP-based communication solution," said Sue Workman,
associate vice president for support at Indiana University. "With this
new solution, we're able to 'speak' to newly admitted students without
worrying about long- distance costs. Additionally, Office
Communications Server enhances the Office suite of products with
feature-rich productivity tools like presence management, mobility and
integration. These tools will help us streamline administrative
processes and communication between faculty, staff, students and
external partners."

Over the past eight weeks, more than 50,000 people have downloaded the
beta version of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office
Communicator 2007, the company noted.

"Nortel's extensive testing and ongoing collaboration with Microsoft
enables our customers to confidently deploy unified communications
solutions," said Steve Slattery, president of Enterprise Networks at
Nortel. "Through our Innovative Communications Alliance with Microsoft,
Nortel is positioned to offer a complete and powerful software-centric
integration of PBX to Office Communications Server 2007. Our progress
to date indicates we will be first to market with an interoperable
solution for OCS that simplifies deployment for our customers."

Unified communications software from Microsoft consists of Microsoft
Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator
2007, the Microsoft standards-based solution for VoIP, presence,
instant messaging and conferencing; and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

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