MIDC develops Communicator Mobile

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Microsoft's India Development Center (MIDC) announced their involvement in an end-to-end project to develop ‘Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile’. It was a collaborative effort between the Unified Communications Group and MIDC's center of excellence for mobile devices. The product is aimed at providing information workers with rich, real-time collaboration capabilities such as more secure IM, presence awareness and integrated VoIP telephony.

Communicator Mobile will extend features of Microsoft Office live communications server 2005 and Microsoft Office communicator to the Windows Mobile 2003 SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, both Pocket PC Edition and Smartphone.

Announcing this, MIDC’s Vice-President and Managing Director, Srini Koppulu said, “Our India development center plays an important role in contributing to future innovations. The release of Communicator Mobile is an endorsement of Microsoft's mission to "innovate, energize, and support Microsoft investments for the mobile user experience.”

The development process included getting feedback from usage within Microsoft, Beta users outside Microsoft, and TAP (Technology Adoption Program) partners. The suggestions and feedback from user groups were incorporated into the product in the early stages of the development cycle.

Communicator Mobile client increases potential data revenue for mobile operators by driving demand for business-class devices with an enterprise-grade client, adding rich, real-time collaboration capabilities to mobile data networks.

The project was conceived in the beginning of 2005, and in just over a year, the plans to release version 1.0 of the product. MIDC’s Mobile Devices Group’s Director, Sudeep Bharati said, “This was possible given the aggressive planning, team dedication and the expertise that each developer brought to the table. This product will complete our Unified Communications vision by adding the support for the Windows Mobile platform.”

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