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Nortel, Microsoft Add to Joint Unified Communications Line

Yesterday, Nortel and Microsoft jointly announced four new unified communications (UC) products designed to help bring together enterprise voice, data, e-mail and other systems.

The products are part of the companies' Innovative Communications Alliance, which now offers 10 products jointly developed by both companies, the announcement said.

The four new offerings are:

"With these solutions, enterprises can now choose to deploy unified communications via a customer premise solution, managed service solution, or hybrid of the two, helping accelerate the pace of unified communications adoption," Ruchi Prasad, vice president and general manager, Innovative Communications Alliance, Nortel, said in a press release announcing the products.

According to the companies, these releases mean the partnership has now delivered on all the products it originally promised when it was announced in January 2007. Both companies intend to continue to work together on new UC solutions.

"In the coming year, we will extend the scope of our unified communications collaboration to include areas such as Contact Center integration and a mix of hybrid and fully hosted UC solutions," commented Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Unified Communications Group, Microsoft, in the same release.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Enterprise Computing and Education Groups, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy for the groups. She also serves as executive editor the ECG Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the ECG group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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