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LG-Nortel, Microsoft Team On VoIP Phone

The IP desktop phones will work with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and sport IP call management features as well as enhanced instant messaging capabilities.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea-based LG-Nortel Co., Ltd. announced it will team with Microsoft Corp. to develop a business-enabled IP desktop phone built on Microsoft's newly-announced unified communications platform.

The IP desktop phones will work with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, have powerful IP call management features and enhanced instant messaging capabilities, LG-Nortel said.

The initial target market for the phone is small- to medium-sized companies and government departments in selective markets across North America, Europe and Asia, including South Korea, the company said.

Both Microsoft and LG-Nortel will market the IP desktop phone to Microsoft customers worldwide as well as through LG-Nortel's global distribution network of operators and channel partners.

LG-Nortel announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft in May 2006 when the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in VoIP, including the joint development and marketing of Windows CE-based IP terminals and the new Windows CE 6 videophone.

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