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November 3, 2005

Microsoft acquires VoIP startup

Posted by David Hunter at 7:08 AM ET.

Press release – Microsoft to Acquire AG:

Nov. 2, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has agreed to acquire AG, a software company based in Zurich, Switzerland, that develops communications applications based on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology. Microsoft plans to apply’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 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, 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.

Filed under Acquisitions, Office, Office Communications Server, Technologies, VoIP

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One Response to “Microsoft acquires VoIP startup”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Japan VoIP deal for Microsoft and Softbank Says:

    [...] 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.   [Permalink] [...]

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