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December 27, 2005

Japan VoIP deal for Microsoft and Softbank

Posted by David Hunter at 10:18 AM ET.

The Seattle Times:

Microsoft and Softbank will jointly offer Internet-based telephone services to corporate customers in Japan.

Microsoft’s Japan unit, Tokyo-based Softbank, and its Japan Telecom affiliate will sell a package that includes Internet phone, e-mail and Internet access starting in the spring, the companies said.

There aren’t any more details, but since this is for business customers, it’s presumably based on the Windows Office Live Communications Server with Office Communicator client and likely incorporates some of the technology acquired with the purchase of AG.

Update 12/28: See the first trackback to this post for details, but it turns out that Microsoft is merely offering “backroom” software for the actual service providers, Softbank and Japan Telecom.

Filed under Alliances, Coopetition, Japan Telecom, Office, Office Communications Server, Softbank, Technologies, VoIP

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One Response to “Japan VoIP deal for Microsoft and Softbank”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Details of Microsoft telecom deal in Japan released Says:

    [...] Today Microsoft has a press release about the Microsoft telecom deal in Japan we mentioned yesterday and the parameters are rather different than the original press report hinted at: Microsoft Co. Ltd., SOFTBANK BB Corp., and JAPAN TELECOM CO. LTD., announced that they are developing a security-enhanced, integrated communications service that combines voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), e-mail, Internet access, groupware, presence, instant messaging and desktop services with network infrastructure, and that they have formed a strategic business alliance to provide this service as a business-oriented solution. [...]

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