Microsoft to Extend the Reach of Live Communications Server

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Microsoft to Extend the Reach of Live Communications Server

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New Windows Mobile Client Will Extend IM and Presence Awareness to
Windows Mobile-Based Device Users Virtually Anytime, Anywhere

REDMOND, Wash., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today
announced it is extending Microsoft(R) Office Live Communications Server 2005
capabilities to mobile devices, enabling companies to deploy trusted instant
messaging (IM) and presence-enabled solutions that provide a consistent
experience across PCs and smart mobile devices. As an initial step, the
company unveiled plans to deliver a new mobile Live Communications Server
2005 client, for Windows Mobile(TM)-based devices.

Based on the user interface of the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005
messaging client, the new Windows Mobile client is designed to provide
information workers with a premier mobile collaboration experience through
native integration of mobile applications with enterprise-grade, real-time
communications tools. Extending Live Communications Server to mobile devices
furthers Microsoft's vision for integrated communications, described by Bill
Gates at the Microsoft RTC unified launch event March 8 as giving information
workers access to presence and unified modes of communication -- e-mail,
phone, instant messaging (IM), short message service (SMS), videoconferencing
and webconferencing -- across a variety of form factors (PC, desk phone,
mobile device) and wired or wireless networks.

"Information workers spend a lot of time away from their desks for
meetings, travel, customer visits and other demands, and having mobile access
to enterprise-grade real-time communications can help them work smarter and
more efficiently," said Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for the
Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft. "Through the new Windows Mobile
client and innovative mobile solutions from a vibrant ecosystem of developer
partners, we'll offer mobile users an integrated communications and
presence-sharing experience, all within a security-enhanced, trusted
environment."

For Mobile Workers and Business Customers
With beta availability expected in the second half of 2005, the Windows
Mobile client will be a premier mobile solution combining the integrated
benefits of Windows Mobile and Live Communications Server 2005 and the look
and feel of the recently announced Microsoft Office Communicator 2005. It will
extend the power of real-time collaboration to Windows Mobile-based devices
offered today by 40 device-makers and 67 mobile operators in 48 countries.
Businesses running Live Communications Server 2005 and the new Windows Mobile
client will have a more secure and robust way to give mobile workers access to
integrated Microsoft Office real-time communications tools, such as those that
allow them to share rich presence information, make use of multiple modes of
real-time communication from one centralized console, and set their own
controls on how communications are routed based on their personal preferences.
The new Windows Mobile client with Live Communications Server 2005 will
enable a number of new benefits for mobile workers, including the following:

-- Access while on the go. The Windows Mobile client will give employees
access to their corporate IM system and presence-sharing capabilities
on a wide variety of Windows Mobile-powered devices operating on all
types of wireless networks supported by Windows Mobile
devices -- including Wi-Fi, GSM and CDMA -- making it easier for them
to complete important tasks without a VPN connection.
-- Real-time access to key contacts. The new Windows Mobile client
running with Live Communications Server 2005 will help employees stay
in touch with key colleagues, partners and customers while in the
field to handle time-sensitive requests and make decisions faster.
-- Familiar experience. The Windows Mobile client will deliver remote
access to presence and real-time communications tools via a familiar,
easy-to-use user interface that is consistent with the Live
Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 desktop
experience.

For Mobile Developers
The Windows Mobile client is a prime example of the rich mobile solutions
that developers can build to run with the award-winning Live Communications
Server 2005 using the full-featured client and server application programming
interfaces (APIs) that span the platform as well as standards-based
protocol-level integration via SIP, SIMPLE and CSTA over SIP. Microsoft is
expanding its Technology Adopter Program (TAP) for Live Communications Server
to include mobile developers and creating new opportunities for developers
through the following:

-- A new API for Windows Mobile developers. The Windows Mobile client
will deliver a new API that will enable the more than 380,000 active
Windows Mobile developers worldwide to take advantage of the rich
communications capabilities of Live Communications Server in their
mobile applications.
-- Network integration with Live Communications Server. Microsoft is
driving continuous integration efforts with network equipment vendors
that will make emerging wireless network capabilities available to
Live Communications Server users and will pave the way for solutions
that enable concurrent mobile Live Communications Server connectivity
while roaming across LAN, Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

NOTE: Microsoft and Windows Mobile are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.


SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
Web Site: http://www.microsoft.com

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