Microsoft Buys Teleo VoIP Technology
for IE and Outlook
September 1st 2005
Last week Google
launched its Google Talk, a instant messaging service with voice chat.
Even though MSN, AOL and Yahoo all had the technology but because of
Google’s strong brand name it received great fan fair.
This week Microsoft
(MS) has purchased VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider Teleo.
This could give MS an edge in the communications battle. Teleo offers
services that enable the placement of phone calls from PCs to
Privately held Teleo
was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco. The Teleo
service integrated MS Outlook and Internet Explorer to facilitate
click-to-call dialing of any telephone number that appears on the
corporate vice president of MSN Communications Services and Member
Platform group said “Teleo has great technology to deliver superior VoIP
quality and an excellent overall customer experience. This acquisition
opens up infinite opportunities for Microsoft to enable even more
relationship-centric communications experiences for our customers in the
With 600,000 page
views per month Google still operates the most popular search engine.
AOL operates the most popular instant messaging service while Yahoo
operates the most popular email service. Since so many users use the MS
Outlook email program, the purchase of Teleo could give MS the edge in
the VoIP wars.
If an incoming email
has a phone number in the test, Teleo software can pick it up and dial
it automatically. The same goes for MS Internet Explorer; if a webpage
has an email in the text, this new technology will be able to dial it
for you. .
MSN attracts more
than 420 million unique users worldwide per month. They expect to offer
localized versions in 41 markets and 21 languages. This could draw
more users to their site, thus increasing ad revenue.
VoIP war is far
from over. It is expected that Google will be offering its own
broadband network soon. Yahoo is also expected to offer VoIP in the
near future. Integration of TV over the Internet may be next.
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