Adding VOIP to Office Live

We announced last week our intention to acquire - another sure sign of the importance of VOIP going forward (as if you needed it!).

"VoIP is exploding," Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, said at the San Francisco event. "We want to enable the software richness on the PC to connect out to traditional PBXes."

Having worked closely with our mobile devices group over the last 4 years and helping to bring Windows Mobile Smartphone in to the world, it's going to be interesting to see how this develops with increasingly more people mobile and with devices like the iMate SP5 smartphone having WiFi built in, the reality of VOIP is getting a lot closer. When WiMax rolls out and phones support that technology, the landscape for mobile operators should become quite crowded with ISP's starting to offer voice services and more.

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