Is Microsoft Snubbing Nortel?

Mitel is starting to make noises about their relationship with Microsoft – in particular the fact that the software giant continues to use Mitel kit for demonstrating their Live Communications Server applications despite the announcement this summer that they are partnering with Nortel for such developments and more over the next five years.

Mitel has announced that its advanced suite of unified communications solutions will be used at Microsoft Technology Centers worldwide. The entire suite – comprised of the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP), Mitel Live Business Gateway, Mitel Navigator and the Mitel 5340 and 5224 IP Phones.

The deployment is part of an agreement between the two companies to demonstrate the combined UC solution with advanced telephony integration.

“Mitel’s suite demonstrates the powerful benefits of Microsoft’s unified communications technologies through tightly integrated telephony, presence and collaboration features that enable clearer and faster decision making, increased productivity and efficiency and streamlined costs,” said Adam Hecktman, director of the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago, and alliance member program manager for the Americas. “With a continued partnership in UC development and interworking, Mitel will showcase their solutions running on our technology within all of our MTC locations globally, allowing us to demonstrate the power unified communications to current and future customers.”

“The ability to host prospective customers and channel partners in Microsoft Technology Centers globally and demonstrate the easy and seamless integration of our respective solutions will undoubtedly accelerate the deployment of in the moment business communications that result in faster decision making and issues resolution.” said Stephen Beamish, vice president, business development and strategic partnerships.