Microsoft to Buy Enterprise Chat Maker

by admin September 3, 2007 at 5:02 pm

In a move aimed at broadening its unified communications reach, Microsoft announced Thursday it has agreed to purchase enterprise chat vendor Parlano.

The seven-year old Chicago-based company is the developer of MindAlign which “enables people to carry on topic-specific, multiparty instant messaging discussions that persist over time,” according to a Microsoft statement.

Microsoft says it’s going to incorporate MindAlign into Office Communications Server and Office Communicator. Parlano is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner.

The move adds one more important piece to Microsoft’s “unified communications” initiative. Both Office Communications Server and Communicator already support instant messaging, conferencing and voice over IP communications.

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