Microsoft signs deal with Dialogic

Microsoft and Dialogic announced on Tuesday at Computer Telephony (CT) Expo Spring '99 here an agreement designed to extend the Windows operating system into the world of computer telephony and network convergence.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will become the nonexclusive licensee of Dialogic's CT Media for Windows NT, which is a communications resource management software platform. Microsoft also will retain Dialogic to provide development services and support. The company's payments to Dialogic over the next four years are expected to total $US20 million for the licence, services and support.

In addition, Microsoft has made a $24.2 million equity investment in Dialogic, purchasing about 860,000 shares of common stock.

The decision to join forces was driven by the increased use of open systems in the computer telephony industry, as well the networking convergence trend,company officials said. The companies believe their agreement will help to accelerate the use of open platforms and standards, such as the Windows telephony applications programming interface.

Microsoft will announce at an unspecified later date product plans resulting from the agreement with Dialogic.

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