Microsoft is making another move in VoIP, this time in Japan in a partnership
with Softbank BB and Japan Telecom that will offer a combination VoIP with
email, groupware, and desktop services, the company said Wednesday.
Microsoft’s Japanese unit will offer Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP
Services with hosted versions of the firm’s server products including Microsoft
Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and
Windows SharePoint Services with Sylantro Systems’ Application Feature Server.
The Microsoft features will be coupled with IP phone expertise from Softbank BB
and managed network service from Japan Telecom.
Trials of the service are scheduled to get underway in the spring. Financial
terms were not announced, but the companies said the service will be targeted at
small and medium businesses.
Microsoft has been gradually moving into VoIP, forging partnerships recently
with MCI and Qwest. Microsoft added expertise in VoIP by acquiring Teleo earlier
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