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Microsoft Unified Communications Veterans Launch Unify2 to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Office Communications Server 2007

New Enterprise Services Provider Is Already Engaged With Several Fortune 500 Companies for Their Microsoft Office Communications Server Strategy and Deployment

BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/08 -- Global enterprises today recognize the tremendous business value of unified communications. However, it is an industry-wide challenge to identify an appropriate strategy, roadmap and integration path necessary to achieve breakthrough cost efficiencies and productivity enhancements, while leveraging existing investments in PBX technology. Unify2, a Bellevue, Wash.-based company providing consulting services, has been launched by a team of Microsoft veterans to address these challenges.

Unify2 founders have played a pioneering role in the unified communications space, with more than 30 years combined experience in development of Microsoft Real-Time Collaboration products including Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007. The company's CEO holds the original patent for enterprise instant messaging technology, and the Unify2 team has driven significant aspects of the Microsoft unified communications platform's evolution, from overall architecture and roadmap, to core technical specifications and integration, to driving interoperability testing with all of the leading PBX vendors.

Unlike other service providers specializing in individual segments of unified communications, Unify2 combines expertise across the entire unified communications space, including IP telephony, instant messaging, presence, and web and video conferencing -- with customers benefiting from Unify2's comprehensive view of the industry and deep technical expertise across multiple platforms. Several Fortune 500 companies, including global consulting firms and corporations with large, complex deployments, have already turned to Unify2 to help them define and implement their unified communications strategy.

"Thanks to Microsoft's entry into enterprise voice, we are witnessing a significant inflection point in enterprise communications, one that will radically transform enterprise business processes over the next decade, in much the same way that email started to transform business processes in the mid-1990s," said Sonu Aggarwal, CEO of Unify2. "Enterprises are seizing this opportunity to transform their communications and business processes, and are starting to drive significant improvements in business agility, operational efficiency, and customer satisfaction."

Unify2 Launches Video Manager

Following its early success, Unify2 has developed Video Manager(TM), a video management component of Unify2's planned product suite for enhancing the enterprise experience with OCS 2007. Video Manager provides administrators fine-grained control for managing video communications in an OCS 2007 environment. Video Manager is being released to multiple enterprise customers who have identified it as an important solution to optimize use of their network resources.

Unify2 offers its services on a worldwide basis, and will launch a European office in Germany in February 2009. More information on Unify2 is online at www.unifysquare.com.

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