TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Microsoft, AT&T in Internet Communications Pact

Microsoft, AT&T in Internet Communications Pact

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 6 Jun 2005 14:26:07 -0500

Software maker Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it signed an agreement
with telecommunications company AT&T Corp. to develop Internet-based
services to businesses.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

The companies said the alliance leverages the AT&T's global Internet
Protocol network, which can be accessed from 149 countries, and
Microsoft's "Connected Services Framework," a software system that
enables the rapid delivery of converged communications services across
multiple networks and devices.

Using Connected Services Framework, AT&T will be able to more easily
create and deploy network-based IP services and applications.

The two companies said they will develop communications services
during the next five years that will focus on messaging,
collaboration, media and business applications.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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