Microsoft is readying a new platform, code-named “Echoes,” that it is hoping will get more telco carriers to offer their subscribers Windows Live and other forthcoming Microsoft services.
She says that Echoes will “provide carriers with a variety of services, ranging from a common network address book, to SMS in/out messaging, simultaneous ringing, click-to-call, single-sign on and more”.
Echoes is planned to ship with Windows Live Messenger 9.0 later this year, according to Mary Jo.
Microsoft’s near-term goal with Echoes is to make the scaling and expediting of its Windows Live mobile service deployments easier. The platform — which got its start as an incubation under Israel Research’s Corporate Vice President Moshe Lichtman — is being spearheaded by Microsoft’s Israeli Strategic Development Center.