Press release – Microsoft to Acquire media-streams.com AG:
Nov. 2, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire media-streams.com AG, a software company based in Zurich, Switzerland, that develops communications applications based on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology. Microsoft plans to apply media-streams.com’s technology, people and intellectual property to accelerate the delivery of its unified communications vision, bringing together various modes of communication (e-mail; instant messaging; short message service; voice/telephony; and audio, video and Web conferencing), breaking down the silos of communication and extending the unified communications experience to information workers.
The technology media-streams.com has developed will help Microsoft deliver to customers an improved integrated VoIP experience based on the Microsoft® Office Real-Time Collaboration platform, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.
Alorie Gilbert at CNET:
The purchase of Media-streams.com, a 23-employee firm based in Zurich, Switzerland, gives Microsoft a set of business applications that tap voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
The deal, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, follows Microsoft’s acquisition of Internet calling start-up Teleo in August. While Teleo’s technology is aimed at consumers and has been incorporated into MSN, Media-streams’ applications are designed for businesses.