Microsoft Begins Carving Out A Voice Channel

This week the annual Microsoft Partner Conference is held, its in Denver this year. With all the exciting stuff going on in Microsoft there are ofcourse lot’s of announcements coming out … With Microsoft entering new markets there is a lot of opportunity for partners. Chris Capossela highlighted Unified Communications :

… Microsoft Tuesday added a voice specialization to its Information Worker competency and said it’s recruiting partners with the skills to deploy unified communication solutions.

Microsoft’s unified communication strategy is set to take off this fall with the launch of Office Communication Server 2007, the successor to Live Communication Server, which weaves together email, instant messaging, mobile and VoIP telephony, and videoconferencing.

The release will enable voice over IP and represents “a huge step” for Microsoft into the unified communication space, said Chris Capossela, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Business Division Product Management Group.

In a keynote speech Tuesday at Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference in Denver, Capossela described the partner opportunity around unified communication as “massive.” …