Microsoft “Tanjay” Phones

Microsoft is gradually taking the wraps off its new phones, code named Tanjay. These include two form factors of desktop phone and a Bluetooth earbud. None of the devices are shipping yet.

The phones support name-based dialing using a large touch screen that displays presence information (Available, Be right back, DND, In call, Out of office, etc.) for colleagues you work closely with. Your presence is easy to see and set. Early prototypes that have been shown publicly have had buttons for: headset, volume, mute, help, messages, Exchange 2007 calendar, Exchange 2007 call log, redial, conference call, and forward. (These options will likely change somewhat by ship time.) When the devices are connected to the network, they support automatic network discovery and provisioning.

When you consider the time wasted either trying to chase down colleagues by phone, or the time your telecom team spends running back and forth between desks and patch closets configuring phones, you'll see why the potential for immediate return on investment (ROI) is possible with Tanjay and other similar devices.

"Tanjay" phones are only the first of many devices we can expect to come out of the partnerships that Microsoft has been forging with key voice vendors for some time now. Polycom and LG-Nortel were early movers. Partnerships of various levels exist with Genesys, Siemens, Nortel Networks, Avaya, NEC, Cisco Systems, Mitel, and Sylantro, among others.

We will undoubtedly continue to see major shifts in enterprise telephony in the next few years.

... David Sengupta

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