Nortel and Microsoft Corp. have announced a new partnership to sell new combined technologies to facilitate email instant messaging telephone calls and more via the Internet.
Their alliance will "accelerate the availability of unified communications" Nortel the Canadian telecom equipment giant said in a statement Tuesday.
Further the two technology heavyweights will transition traditional business phone hardware systems into software based on a Microsoft platform and Nortel software products to provide "advanced telephony functionality."
"Nortel and Microsoft have each led fundamental transformations in their own market Nortel's digital innovation and Microsoft's software on every desktop" Nortel chief executive Mike Zafirovski said in a statement.
"By combining our unique strengths Microsoft and Nortel will accelerate the delivery of unified communications."
Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer added to explain his company's "deep collaboration" in product development with Nortel "We are investing together because the communications industry is at an inflection point."
The four year agreement with an option to renew is expected to generate one billion US dollars in new revenue Nortel said.