IBM gears up for unified communications and collaboration

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Bangalore, Mar 19 (UNI) IBM today announced a major new initiative for the unified communications market including a wide range of investments, product and technology advances and collaboration with leading clients and business partners.

Expanding at 38 per cent annually, IDC estimates unified communications will reach USD 17 billion by 2011, representing the next significant frontier for technology growth.

IBM's software and services offerings make it easy and intuitive for users to enjoy the benefits of unified communications and collaboration capabilities. The company's goal is to make it easy for people to find, reach and collaborate with others through a unified user experience, a company release said here today.

In the next year, the proliferation of IBM software and services enabling anytime, anywhere productivity would expand across devices from desktops and laptops to a range of devices from the likes of RIM, Apple, Sprint-Nextel and Symbian and across major platforms including Mac, Windows and Linux.

Soon, the capabilities of the office would be available to users regardless of their device or location, the release said.

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