Friday, December 22, 2006

Microsoft, SOFTBANK and Japan Telecom Team on Services

Microsoft, SOFTBANK BB, and Japan Telecom are developing a security-enhanced, integrated communications service that combines VoIP, e-mail, Internet access, groupware, presence, instant messaging and desktop services with network infrastructure.

The companies have formed a strategic business alliance to provide this service as a business-oriented solution, beginning with trials in Spring 2006.

The service will link the Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services with BB Phone's voice platform and JAPAN TELECOM's managed network infrastructure.

Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services comprises hosted versions of Microsoft server products including Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Windows SharePoint Services with Sylantro Systems Corp.'s Application Feature Server.