Sun Microsystems is continuing its push into messaging software by cooperating with Lucent on a unified mailbox product for next year.
In a package aimed at the service provider market Sun will provide its Sun Internet Mail Server (Sims) running on Solaris servers, and Lucent will contribute its Octel voice mail technology. Voice recognition software will also be bundled.
The aim is to give service providers a bundled infrastructure with which they can sell access to the complete range of messaging services: email, voice mail and fax from the users chosen device.
"This collaboration is significant because it will move unified messaging into the mainstream. It is about a whole new set of capabilities that will dramatically enhance people's lives on a daily basis," said Doug Sabella, chief operating officer at Lucent Technologies.
Early next year is the target date for the first product set. Sun recently teamed up with US software company Wingra to incorporate software for migrating from other groupware products onto Sims.
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