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August 11, 2006

Microsoft drops Speech Server, adds function to Office Communications Server

Posted by David Hunter at 5:12 PM ET.

In April it looked like Microsoft Speech Server 2007 was on track to shipping later in the year, but now Microsoft has thrown the switch and it’s going in a different direction. Press release:

Aug. 8, 2006 — Today from the SpeechTEK 2006 conference in New York, Microsoft Corp. announced that the full capabilities of Microsoft® Speech Server 2007 will be integrated into Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, extending the company’s commitment to unified communications and breaking down today’s silos of instant messaging, Internet Protocol telephony, voice response, audioconferencing and videoconferencing.

Microsoft announced Office Communications Server 2007 earlier this summer as a key component of the company’s unified communications road map. Office Communications Server 2007 is a real-time communications hub, enabling people to connect to colleagues and information quickly and easily within familiar applications, devices and networks. The addition of speech capabilities gives developers the opportunity to create new and powerful communications applications or extend existing applications using an integrated set of application programming interfaces (API) and by extending existing applications for Office Communications Server 2007, enabling new revenue streams for their businesses.

With the integration of Speech Server 2007 into Communications Server 2007, current Speech Server customers will be fully supported by Microsoft until 2014, and Speech Server 2004 R2 will remain on the Microsoft price list until the end of 2007. In addition, current Speech Server customers who want to leverage these new capabilities will be able to migrate to Communications Server 2007 when it ships next year.

There’s also a Q&A with Microsoft CVP Anoop Gupta here. It’s all part of the big “Unified Communications” push for Office announced in June and while it’s likely good news for the product, there was some grumbling among partners and analysts.

Filed under Anoop Gupta, Executives, Microsoft, Office, Office Communications Server, Servers, Speech Server

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One Response to “Microsoft drops Speech Server, adds function to Office Communications Server”

  1. Microsoft releases public beta of Office Communications Server -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The separate existence of Speech Server is a trifle odd since the last word had been that it was being folded into Office Communications Server. Filed under Office, Servers, Office Communications Server, Speech Server, Microsoft [...]

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