Microsoft introduced on Sunday phones, headsets and other devices to work with its software that aim to replace the traditional office phone and deliver e-mails, instant messages and phone calls over the Internet.
The world's largest software company said it worked
with nine technology manufacturers including Samsung and NEC to develop hardware to work with its unified communications strategy.
Instead of one system for phones and another for e-mails and
instant messaging, Microsoft wants all communications to run over
Internet networks on its Office Communicator program.
Microsoft forecasts that the shift to Web-based phone systems will
gain momentum during the next three years, eventually generating
billions of dollars in new revenue for the company.
The new hardware products will be unveiled at this week's Microsoft
Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles.
The new products include an Internet Protocol phone from NEC that
connects to a computer's Universal Serial Bus and a Bluetooth
headset that connects via wireless technology to the Office program
made by LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and
Other hardware manufacturers working with Microsoft are ASUS ,
Plantronics Inc. , Polycom Inc. , Tatung Co. Ltd. and Vitelix.