Siemens Teams With Microsoft

Siemens and Microsoft form alliance to offer presence-enhanced calling, video and Web conferencing, and collaboration solutions

January 12, 2005

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REDMOND, Wash. and MUNICH -- The Siemens Communications Group and Microsoft Corp. today announced a new global sales and marketing alliance, a multi-year agreement that will deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise-grade, presence-enhanced calling, video and Web conferencing, and collaboration solutions to customers throughout the world.

The alliance leverages a successful strategic product relationship the companies have built over the last two years. Siemens and Microsoft share a common vision of presence-enabled communication that integrates voice, video, instant messaging and Web conferencing into a comprehensive tool suite to improve worker productivity and team collaboration.

The two companies will align market development and sales activities to deliver:

  • Microsoft® Office Live Meeting, a Web conferencing service that enables employees to participate in interactive meetings and share documents with just a phone, a PC and an Internet connection.

  • Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005, Microsoft's enterprise instant-messaging and presence-enabling platform, which improves business efficiencies by enabling information workers to find and communicate with people in real time via an enterprise-grade environment that is integrated with the Microsoft Office System.

  • The newest member of the Microsoft Office System, code-named "Istanbul," an integrated communications client that provides real-time collaboration capabilities. Designed as the preferred client for Live Communications Server 2005, the product will bring instant messaging, extensible presence, PC-based voice and video, and telephony integration together in a single desktop experience.

  • Siemens HiPath® OpenScape(TM), a complete presence-enabled collaboration portal built on Live Communications Server 2005 and "Istanbul." OpenScape improves enterprise connectivity and empowers workers with both device and user presence controls across multiple communication media (instant messaging, e-mail, work phone, mobile phone or home phone, for example).

  • Other real-time communication and collaboration products as they are developed.

"The alliance of Siemens and Microsoft demonstrates forward thinking on behalf of each company about the future of converged voice and data leadership," said Dr. Brent Kelly, a senior partner at Boston-based Wainhouse Research. "While Live Communications Server allows voice and presence collaboration to be integrated with existing workflow tools -- all interfacing with legacy switches -- this is a smart move that can help a very broad customer base transition smoothly to next generation Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions."

"Siemens and Microsoft have agreed on an aligned roadmap of presence-based, real-time communication objectives to help erase the communication gaps that remain between the personal computer and the office telephone," said Bernd Kuhlin, president of Enterprise Networks Systems at Siemens Communications. "Together we've aligned Live Communications Server 2005, 'Istanbul' and the HiPath OpenScape product family to deliver a shared vision of communication tools that are standards-based and presence-enabled so that enterprises can gain strategic advantages from real-time collaboration. Now we're cooperating closely in the field to bring the benefits of that shared vision to customers."

"Our customers tell us they need to find and communicate with people in real time, and they need to successfully work together without having to be in the same place. Microsoft and Siemens are dedicated to delivering to our customers the industry's most enhanced presence and collaboration solutions. We're both building on a broader industry commitment to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standards," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president for Real-Time Collaboration at Microsoft.

Microsoft Corp.

Siemens Communications Group

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