Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Microsoft's VoIP at CeBIT runs on Linux phones

Paul Kapustka at GigaOM reports about a new VoIP device from Microsoft, called Response Point. The interesting text also tells how Microsoft has failed so far in VoIP and why neither the new device neither is intriguing.

Microsoft's VoIP strategy is also puzzling to me. And I have to add an example I saw last week: Microsoft had to rely on Linux for its VoIP.

Their booth at Hanover's CeBIT computer fair showcased VoIP on IP phones from German producer Snom, together with the German PBX solution PBXnSIP. The phones are based on Linux and the PBX runs on Windows, Linux and NetBSD.

Snom says that this is the first CeBIT where it's possible to voip at the booth of the software giant. So why didn't Microsoft rely on an own technology? Read more in Snom's press release.


  1. IMHO the goal was to show that components from Microsoft (like Exchange 2007) work in environments that use standard SIP. Which is a good thing. I wish other well-known vendors would be as much open and interoperable as Microsoft!!!

  2. The referral tracker to my website shows that the former anonymous comment comes directly from the company PBXnSIP. Maybe from mastermind Christian Stredicke himself. So it's not so much "IMHO", which means "in my humble opinion". But it agree.

    Still it is strange to see Microsoft as a bearer of open standards. But it's easy to understand that PBXnSIP whishes "other well-known vendors would be as much open and interoperable as Microsoft", since one of the main aims of PBXnSIP is interoperability.

    I am also in favour of the most interoperability and cooperation of different standards in VoIP, because it would make my life much easier as I told for instance here.


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