BT Launches BT Onevoice with Support for Microsoft Lync

21 Jun, 2011, 08:30 ET from BT

NEW YORK, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BT (NYSE: BT) today announced availability in the United States of its converged communications platform, BT Onevoice with support for Microsoft Lync 2010. By combining BT's global voice and video services with Microsoft Lync, business customers based in the U.S. will benefit from an innovative suite of collaboration tools.

By supporting Microsoft Lync within BT's global IP network, customers will gain access to the latest telephony, instant messaging, conferencing and presence software from Microsoft Corp. in a security-enhanced environment and on a fully-managed basis. They will benefit from BT's end-to-end business-grade voice, video and unified communications, with high quality-of-service levels, network performance management, and continuous maintenance.

Kim McMann, president, U.S. and Canada, BT Global Services, said: "Our customers have benefited from our long-term relationship with Microsoft, and the addition of Lync to our Onevoice platform here in the U.S. now gives them additional value. By bringing these innovations to our customers, we are reinforcing BT's ability to position telephony services as true applications and deliver high quality global solutions with predictable and flexible commercial packages."

Kirk Gregersen, Senior Director, Microsoft Lync said: "Working with BT represents continued momentum for Microsoft Lync and is further evidence for how Microsoft products are enabling our partners to build and develop innovative solutions and offerings. Customers who deploy Microsoft Lync are finding productivity gains. With BT, we are confident Microsoft Lync will help customers connect with their customers, employees and partners in different ways."

BT launched Microsoft Lync-based managed services in the UK in 2010 and recently in Asia Pacific, with other regions across Europe to follow throughout 2011.

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BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services, operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was 20,076 million pounds Sterling with profit before taxation of 1,717 million pounds.

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