Interop: HP, Microsoft in $180M Unified Comm Pact

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From the “pre-keynote news” files:

LAS VEGAS — HP’s Ann Livermore, executive vice president at HP (NYSE: HPQ), will be taking the stage at Interop at 8:30 AM local to formally announce a new $180 million unified communications partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

No, the keynote hasn’t begun yet, and Interop isn’t open yet, either (the press room opens at 7:30 AM), but the release is now out.

In a nutshell, Microsoft and HP are expanding their existing partnership inked in 2006 for enterprise software and expanding it to unified communications. As part of the expanded partnership, the two companies will collaborate on products and services including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office Communications Server and, from the HP side, HP ProCurve networking gear.

Livermore is set to be joined onstage by HP ProCurve chief Marius Haus this morning, Haus’s last big announcement was the ProCurve ONE platform in January. ProCurve ONE is HP’s program for enabling applications to run on its switch blades and Microsoft is one of the program’s key go to market partners…

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