HP and Microsoft Expand Alliance in Unified Communications and Collaboration

Published May 20th, 2009 - 11:15 GMT

HP and Microsoft Expand Alliance in Unified Communications and Collaboration
HP and Microsoft Corp. today announced a four-year strategic global initiative to deliver an end-to-end unified communications and collaboration solutions.
As part of their Frontline Partnership, the two companies expect to invest up to an additional $180 million in product development, professional services, as well as joint sales and marketing, to help organizations lower costs and improve productivity.
The end-to-end solution, which is planned to span software, hardware, networking and services would, enable customers to improve business output and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs. This would be accomplished by streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices. HP and Microsoft also plan to provide the flexibility and control customers need to manage their communications infrastructure efficiently.
“With the announcement of this global strategic initiative, we are enabling customers to lower costs and significantly enhance employee productivity with a complete range of unified communications and collaboration solutions from HP and Microsoft,” said John Hoonhout, Managing Director, HP Middle East.  “Customers will be able to use rich and intuitive solutions accessible from anywhere on nearly any device to deliver better bottom line results”.
HP and Microsoft share a vision for business productivity solutions built on open, software-based platforms that work with the applications and systems people know and use today.
“Together, we are offering the extensive breadth of capabilities of our respective technologies to deliver a truly unified communications and collaboration solution to help our customers improve business productivity and reduce costs,” said Charbel Fakhoury, General Manager, Microsoft Gulf. “This means one click to communicate, one click to conference, one click to collaborate.”
More information about the HP and Microsoft initiative is available at www.hp.com/solutions/microsoft/ucc. More information about Microsoft unified communications and collaboration technologies is available at www.microsoft.com/bpio.

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