Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Microsoft Unveils Next-Generation Real-Time Collaboration Client

Real-Time Collaboration Client Will Strengthen Connection Between Customers And Their Telephony, Line-of-Business and Productivity Applications; Beta Program Open for Nominations

Today in his keynote address at the Fall 2004 VON Conference & Expo, Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration (RTC) Business Group at Microsoft Corp., outlined Microsoft's real-time collaboration vision and strategy for integrated communications, and announced plans for a next-generation client. Building on the recent success and rapid adoption of Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server and Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Gupta introduced the newest member of the Microsoft Office System, code-named "Istanbul," that will provide integrated communications capabilities including instant messaging, extensible presence, PC-based voice and video, and telephony integration.

"Customers depend on real-time communications to make more informed, timely decisions, and to stay better connected with their customers and grow their business," Gupta said. "With 'Istanbul,' Live Communications Server and Live Meeting, we are providing pervasive real-time collaboration capabilities and empowering our customers to work together more effectively. 'Istanbul' represents a milestone by integrating various modes of communications in one unified desktop experience."

The "Istanbul" beta program is open for nominations. Those interested in participating should contact their Microsoft account manager or sales representative for instructions on how to nominate their organization. "Istanbul" is scheduled for release in the first half of 2005
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