Microsoft steps up VoIP efforts

Microsoft is starting to make more noise with its VoIP ambitions says IDC, pointing to partnerships that the company formed with major IP-PBX vendors, such as Siemens and Alcatel, and those in development with carriers like British Telecom and MCI. The efforts are centered on SIP-based collaborative applications being developed for the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 product line (See Fan Farber’s take).

Microsoft is starting to make more noise with its VoIP ambitions says IDC, pointing to partnerships that the company formed with major IP-PBX vendors, such as Siemens and Alcatel, and those in development with carriers like British Telecom and MCI. The efforts are centered on SIP-based collaborative applications being developed for the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 product line (See Fan Farber’s take). 

"VoIP has become a lightning rod for a new competitive dynamic between IT and telecom vendors," said Tom Valovic IDC’s program director for VoIP Infrastructure in a press release.  "A battle for the enterprise desktop is looming between major IT and telecom vendors, and at the center of it are innovative types of user-defined communications and the marriage of telecom-based convergence and IT-based desktop collaboration."