11/11/2005

Office 12 To Have IM And VoIP

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:39 pm

Recognising a shift in the way people work, Microsoft is putting more emphasis on collaboration in the next version of Office.

The Redmond, Washington, software giant has gotten some help in that effort from Groove Networks, the Ray Ozzie-led company that Microsoft acquired earlier this year, strategy executive Bill Hilf said at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in San Francisco on Monday.

One of the first steps in working with colleagues is finding out which co-workers are actually available. In that regard, Microsoft plans to expand its current work on corporate instant messaging and add support for VoIP.

The ability to handle VoIP technology is “one of the core features [Microsoft is] building into the next version of Office,” said Hilf, Microsoft’s director of platform technology strategy. The company also plans to continue adding more server-based products to the Office family of products, he said.

Source: ZDNet

 

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