GN Netcom Enters Strategic Relationship with Microsoft

Headset vendor GN Netcom is to work together with Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group to supply office PC peripheral headsets for the rapidly growing market of IP telephony, audio/video/Web conferencing and instant messaging.

“Microsoft’s vision for unified communications enables people to find and collaborate with co-workers right from the applications they use most to more effectively get business done,” said Eric Swift, senior director of product management for the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft Corp. “Industry-leading companies such as GN Netcom are playing a significant role in the development of PC peripheral devices that work with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007. We look forward to continuing to work with GN Netcom and helping our customers gain competitive advantage through these unified communications innovations.”

According to GN Netcom the global market for headsets is booming and is expected to grow by approx. 25% per annum until 2010, primarily driven by the rapid increase in demand for Bluetooth-enabled products that consumers are using in a wide variety of ways including fixed line and cell phones. In 2005, GN Netcom reached the number one position with a global market share of 35 percent.