UPDATE: Microsoft Buys VoIP Company

Following our report of the purchase of VoIP ompany media-streams.com ag (See below article from 4 Nov) it emerges that one of the most interesting facts in this is the name of Microsoft’s Director of VoIP strategy – Ed Wadbrook. Wadbrook was one of the founders of NBX, the IP telephony start up from Andover, Mass, that was subsequently purchased by 3COM… so there is definite IPC history here – and that means more for the future.

This VoIP acquisition is Microsoft’s second: In late August, it acquired VoIP software developer Teleo Inc, which gave Microsoft the ability to add VoIP services similar to Skype’s, such as making calls from a PC to traditional phone lines.

As a key step in delivering on its vision for unified communication, Microsoft’s Real-Time Collaboration Group has acquired media-streams.com ag, a software company based in Zurich, Switzerland that develops communications applications based on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

The acquisition of media-streams.com ag will allow Microsoft to offer increased VoIP capabilities as an integral part of its Office System applications and servers – specifically its Real-Time Collaboration platform, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server – adding more value for customers and expanded opportunities for partners.

“We are in lock-step with Microsoft’s vision of bringing voice and data collaboration together, and we have built our business around delivering enhanced real-time communications for enterprise and small to midsize customers,” said Erich Gebhardt, CEO of media-streams.com, a subsidiary of Microsoft. “We’re excited to join Microsoft’s Real-Time Collaboration Group and focus our technologies and people on delivering Microsoft’s vision for unified communications to dramatically improve collaboration.”

VoIP offers information workers more communications flexibility in collaborative scenarios, consistent with Microsoft’s approach to collaboration: to deliver pervasive capabilities that enable people to work together more effectively within the context of their most-used software and services. With this acquisition, Microsoft aims to extend VoIP to communications solutions to improve productivity and business processes, creating new opportunities for Microsoft Real-Time Collaboration customers and partners.

“Integrating voice communications with the rich collaboration capabilities of the Microsoft Office System will enable exciting new collaboration scenarios that will improve individual and team collaboration,” said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft. “media-streams.com’s VoIP technology will become available as part of the Real-Time Collaboration platform from Microsoft, significantly enhancing the value delivered to customers and opportunities for partners. The acquisition accelerates our ability to deliver on our vision of unified communications.”