Lucent Technologies introduced today an
Internet software product that enables users to access their e-mail, listen
to and answer voice mail messages, and place phone calls simultaneously
over one standard phone line.
The Virtual Telephone is client software that resides on a
user’s PC or laptop, enabling the integration of voice and data
communications from remote locations.
“Virtual Telephone is the next stage in voice over IP. It combines the cost
savings of Internet telephony with new features that enable remote workers
to have complete control over their voice and data communications–over a
single connection–no matter where they are,” said Kathy Meier, general
manager of Internet Communications, Lucent.
Users can control incoming calls via the product’s Personal Call Router.
The Router allows users to accept some calls while transferring others to a
voice mail system using a Windows-based interface.
The product also includes speed dial and last number dialed features, a
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)-compliant personal phone book, and access to LDAP-compliant corporate directories.
Virtual Telephone runs on PCs equipped with Microsoft Net Meeting 2.1, and
an English-language version will be available in July. Additional languages
will be supported in future editions.