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Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications, 2007

And the winner is… Microsoft! Once again the giant from Redmond is placed on the leaders quadrant for Unified Communications, according to Gartner.

Microsoft strengths:

  • Microsoft is a strong company with an ecosystem of partners that can deliver value-added products, professional services and wide distribution.
  • The company has strategic partnerships in specific areas, such as live voice, and IP and PBX add credibility in these technology and service areas.
  • Parts of Microsoft’s UC portfolio are very mature (for instance, e-mail), and the overall portfolio is quite complete, with partnerships in weaker areas. The newer parts of the portfolio likely will get wide exposure throughout 2008 and will mature rapidly as a result.
  • An established base of desktop applications and experience in graphical user interface design will assist in making complex communication applications easier to use.
  • Enterprises looking into UC, particularly those with Microsoft applications already in place, should understand the Microsoft portfolio because it represents a new paradigm for communication by a market leader. Microsoft’s solution is comprehensive but is also the basis for a range of partner offerings.

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