Boston, Massachusetts – (The Hosting News) – September 20, 2005 – Qwest
Communications International Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have announced that they are working together to provide small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers with a comprehensive managed suite of services that combines VoIP and messaging.
By integrating the Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP services with Qwest’s OneFlex Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services, Qwest will offer SMB subscribers a comprehensive managed suite of services that combines VoIP, e-mail, Internet access, collaboration, presence, instant messaging and desktop services.
Qwest and Microsoft expect the service will be available in 2006. Qwest is the first service provider to integrate the Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services.
Tom Richards, Executive Vice President of the Business Markets Group at Qwest explained, “Small and medium-sized businesses want access to the same types of communications services that large enterprises enjoy today, but the investment and resources required to manage those services have traditionally been out of their reach. With Microsoft, we can make this a reality for our customers. We’ll be able to provide SMBs with powerful, yet easy-to-use telephony and desktop capabilities.”
Michael O’Hara, General Manager of Marketing for the Communications Sector at Microsoft added, “Although pricing has certainly been a key factor in the early development of the VoIP industry, we believe that it’s the richness of the customer experience that will ultimately drive mainstream adoption of VoIP. Qwest is focused on delivering greater value to its SMB customers, and we’re pleased to be working with Qwest to offer integrated communications services that enhance their customers’ productivity.”
The Microsoft Solution for Enhanced VoIP Services combines hosted versions of Microsoft server products including Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Windows SharePoint Services with Sylantro Systems’ Application Feature Server. This solution, in concert with the Qwest OneFlex Hosted VoIP services, offers a multiservice platform through which Qwest can deliver a rich set of services and telephony capabilities to SMBs, as well as enterprises and consumers. About Qwest Qwest Communications International Inc. is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the “Spirit of Service” and providing world-class services that exceed customers’ expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at http://www.qwest.com.