Microsoft/Nortel: End of Year Report Issued

One year ago Microsoft and Nortel entered into a unique alliance to transform business communications by combining Nortel’s networking ability and Microsoft’s unified communications software.

The two companies have now issued their own end of year performance report which says today, businesses are embracing the benefits of the alliance and have purchased and are deploying more than 430,000 licenses for joint solutions.

“As such, these customers are enhancing their business communications for improved productivity and to help lower total cost of ownership.

Over the past year, Microsoft and Nortel have begun to streamline their licensing to make it easier for customers to buy and manage joint solutions, hosted more than 60 road show events in 35 countries, and opened 100 lab and demonstration centers worldwide for companies to experience the solutions firsthand. As the alliance enters its second year, the companies are continuing their joint research and development across enterprise, carrier and mobile product lines and are poised to ship a variety of new and updated products in the coming months, including Nortel’s UC integrated branch.”

“Our relationship with Nortel is an important component of our strategy for unified communications, and over the past year we’ve hit significant milestones that benefit both companies,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft. “In the year ahead, we expect to see even more robust customer interest around the world based on our joint technology solutions.”

“Nortel’s alliance with Microsoft has been a tremendous success for us and our customers,” said Steve Slattery, president of Enterprise Networks at Nortel. “Our deep collaboration in product development is providing businesses with better ways to communicate, and our joint go-to-market activity has already produced impressive results. In addition, our alliance with Microsoft is opening doors to new customers for our entire enterprise portfolio and is a key reason for the accelerated performance of our Enterprise Solutions business year over year.”

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