Microsoft to unveil new IM, video conferencing tools

Microsoft will unveil new video conferencing and instant messaging tools on March 8.

Microsoft is set to unveil new Real Time Collaboration (RTC) plans and technologies, including tools for instant messaging and video conferencing, at a press event on March 8.

Company Chairman Bill Gates will attend a live event in San Francisco, along with Anoop Gupta, Microsoft's vice president of RTC, according to a Microsoft representative.

The executives will lay out their strategy for the division and show off new technologies, the representative said. Simultaneous launches will take place in London and other cities, with Gates and Gupta broadcast over a live link, possibly demonstrating Microsoft's new video conferencing tool, the representative suggested.

The Redmond, Washington, company will also highlight new customers and partners at the event. The chief executive officer of BT Group's global services division Andy Green is scheduled to attend the London launch.

The Real Time Collaboration division is home to Microsoft software used for instantly connecting users, providing capabilities such as instant messaging, video conferencing, phone calls and data exchange.

Gates previewed some upcoming RTC technologies last October, including the company's new front-end application for Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005, code-named Istanbul. Providing instant messaging, voice, video and telephony features, Istanbul will be the preferred client for LCS 2005, Gates said. At the time, the company expected to ship the client before the end of June.

LCS 2005, the company's enterprise instant messaging and presence software, was released late last year.

RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady could not confirm that Istanbul will be launched on March 8, but said he sees Microsoft getting it out the door for early adopters so it can get a footprint in the market. The client's telephony features will be particularly important in helping Microsoft compete against VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) competitors, like Skype Technologies.

Istanbul allows users to link their enterprise phone systems with LCS 2005 to make phone calls from their desktops. While phone, IM and video capabilities are offered by various players, Microsoft's play is putting them all in one place, O'Grady said.

Next month's RTC launches come during Microsoft's Convergence 2005 event in San Diego, taking place from March 6 to March 9, where the company will emphasize the advantages of integrated technologies.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Scarlet Pruitt

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?