I'm not a reflexive Microsoft hater. In fact, I'm open-minded enough to believe that IP telephony-related products that incorporate various Windows functionalities are both technologically and strategically well-considered.
With that, I note presence and call control software provider iQ NetSolutions announcement earlier this week that they are introducing two Microsoft products into their new VistaPoint 4.0 Enterprise suite. As background, the suite offers a bridge for integrating advanced IP telephony features into IP-based PDX environments.
I believe thenewest VistaPointMicrosoft-related functionality with the widest appeal, is a Microsoft Windows Messenger plug-in. It allows embedded call control and telephony presence information which can help users quickly locate other users, and even place phone calls from within Messenger.
Do you agree with me on the importance of this new function? Let us get a dialogue going about IM in IP.
There's also a new browser-based LDAP (Lightweight Access Directory Protocol)-compliant directory that works in conjunction with Microsoft Active Directory. The function works within VistaPoint Enterprise Directoryto deliver presence information along with point-and-click control to the desktop.