SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2006 — Siemens Communications Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced the expansion of global collaborative efforts to advance the transformation of telephony, audio-, video- and web conferencing, instant messaging, and e-mail into a single unified communications platform. Cooperation between the two companies is rooted in a shared vision for unified communications that is people-centric, breaks down silos between different forms of communications systems, and expands on ongoing efforts by the two companies to integrate technologies around Microsoft® Exchange Server and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.
Anchoring the initiative will be new products and Siemens systems integration and support services to integrate Siemens HiPath 8000 softswitch real-time telephony with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server utilizing the OpenScape communications broker capability. This solution will provide enterprise customers with the ability to cost-effectively transition from conventional PBX and voice-mail communications systems to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007.
The combined technology, service and support offerings will enable enterprise customers to deploy Microsoft’s unified communications platform to manage their VoIP networks, with features including innovative VoIP call management, conferencing, unified messaging and instant messaging. The approach brings unified communications capabilities to organizations in an evolutionary way and ensures the highest quality of service and security.
“As the world of work changes, companies are realizing that a unified communications environment can reduce the cost of communications while providing richer capabilities that keep them competitive,” said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft. “The collaborative efforts between Microsoft and Siemens will deliver a simple and flexible path to a complete range of unified communications solutions.”
“Combining the integration experience and robust capabilities of Microsoft and Siemens technologies will enable customers to fully realize the productivity improvements and cost benefits of unified communications built on a high-quality, reliable platform without losing support for legacy devices and applications creating a new and more productive user experience,” said Thomas Zimmermann, president of Enterprise Network Systems at Siemens Communications. “The trusted integration services provided by Siemens in our integration channels also play a big role in providing assistance and quality as customers deploy these powerful new solutions.”
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies, with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries.
About Siemens Communications Inc.
Siemens Communications Inc. offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company’s portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Siemens Communications Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla.
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