Microsoft Innovations Lay the Foundation For Computer Telephony Solutions

Plans and Programs Previewed at Computer Telephony Expo '99

LOS ANGELES - March 2, 1999 - Today at Computer Telephony Expo (CT Expo) Spring '99, Microsoft Corp. announced agreements and plans to expand opportunities in computer telephony and converged network communications for customers and developers using any of the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Microsoft also previewed new technologies expected to increase the use of Windows as the preferred platform for communications solutions.

Organizations need easy-to-use and cost-effective voice and data communications services to enable personal productivity and efficient operations, and to be responsive to their customers. Windows, as an open platform that supports standards, provides the infrastructure to meet these customer requirements. Coupled with third-party support, Windows offers a comprehensive set of communications technologies and solutions from which customers can choose. With the open platform of the Windows family, Microsoft is committed to making it easier for telephony and converged communications software and hardware vendors to bring better solutions to customers more quickly. Today's announcements support this mission.

"Equipment and service providers alike are using the Microsoft Windows family as an open communications platform with broad and growing industry support and customer adoption," said Thomas Koll, vice president of the Internet customer unit at Microsoft. "Today's announcements at CT Expo illustrate Microsoft's commitment to innovation and its continuing work with a variety of companies to develop new opportunities for converged networks based on the Windows platform."

"Today's announcements demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to voice and data communications services," says Jim Burton, president, CT Link. "I am impressed with the progress Microsoft has made in advancing the state of the art, thus creating new business opportunities for the industry."

Overview of Product Previews and Announcements at Show

Industry Support Continues to Grow for Windows

Approximately one-third of the 350 vendors participating in the Windows NT Embedded beta program are working to develop telephony or other communications systems on the new operating system. Also, Microsoft reported that more than 450 independent software vendors (ISVs) now offer telephony and fax solutions, as referenced in the Microsoft vendor solution showcase, which is available on the Web at In addition, nearly 40 vendors are appearing in Microsoft's Partner Pavilion at CT Expo, making Microsoft's presence at this year's event its largest to date. Microsoft is committed to supporting the growth and innovation of the communications industry by bringing customers the best choices from which to build solutions.

For more information about Windows-based communications technologies and announcements made at CT Expo '99 please visit

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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