Microsoft snaps up VoIP firm

In another sign that VoIP has become a hot area, Microsoft has announced it has bought Voice over IP firm AG. The company says that it hopes to integrate the Swiss firm’s technology with future releases of Office.

Specifically, technology will be used by Microsoft to improve integrated VoIP experience based on the Microsoft Office Real-Time Collaboration platform, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server. The tools will allow the company to offer the full gamut of today’s communications including e-mail, instant messaging, short message service, voice/telephony; and audio, video and Web conferencing.

‘Integrating voice communications with the rich collaboration capabilities of the Microsoft Office System will enable new collaboration scenarios that will improve individual and team collaboration, said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft.

This is not the first VoIP acquisition Microsoft has made this year. In August Microsoft bought developer Teleo. As with media-streams it produced VoIP software that integrates with existing Microsoft products. The Teleo software allows users click on telephone numbers displayed in software and web applications, such as Microsoft’s Outlook and Internet Explorer, to make phone calls across the Internet to fixed-line and mobile phones and other computers.

The Microsoft move follows the recent acquisition of the high profile Skype by eBay for $2.3 billion.

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