Avaya CEO: Microsoft Live Communications server is "cheap dial tone"

Avaya CEO Donald Peterson has some surprising things to say about Microsoft. In an interview posted today on the Computerworld Australia site, the enterprise telephony vendor and developer's CEO says that Microsoft's Live Communications Server is a direct competitor to some of Avaya's VoIP-oriented software offerings.

Avaya CEO Donald Peterson has some surprising things to say about Microsoft. In an interview posted today on the Computerworld Australia site, the enterprise telephony vendor and developer's CEO says that Microsoft's Live Communications Server is a direct competitor to some of Avaya's VoIP-oriented software offerings.

"Microsoft's Live Communication Server does call control, so in that sense it's a direct competitor," Peterson tells Computerworld's Phil Hochmuth.  "But call control long ceased to be the only offer in a PBX. There are 800 features that were created at different times for different customers that we support. Microsoft will be awhile catching up with that."

Peterson adds though, that the Microsoft product will mostly be competitive with Avaya among small users. The main reason "its cheap dial tone." But for that very reason, Peterson indicates, he says he is not worried about large companies costing Avaya customers by embracing Live Communications Server.