3Com is to integrate a number of carrier and desktop products with Microsoft software, including future versions of Windows 2000, under a wide ranging pact announced today.
Much of the deal involves integrating Microsoft Windows into 3Com's products. 3Com will also open a development centre near Microsoft's campus in Redmond to test the compatability of their respective products.
Among the collaborative efforts include migrating 3Com's Total Control carrier system for IP telephony and digital wireless data to Microsoft's forthcoming NT Embedded operating system. Carrier end to end cable tools will also support Windows 2000.
For enterprise customers, 3Com will also include Windows 2000 Server with its Core Builder 9000 Lan switch. PC users will be able to manage their desktop network issues via Windows 2000. The pact also extends to the home market as 3Com will package cable-ready Microsoft software titles with its cable and DSL modems.
The deal will increase 3Com's visibility in the market and is a sock in the eye to Microsoft's alliance with Cisco that centres on network directory services.
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