Stories by Peter Sayer and Juan Carlos Perez

Google buys video conferencing software

Google has bought video conferencing software from Marratech a Stockholm-based vendor, and hired the engineers involved with the software, a Google spokesman said Friday.

Microsoft and Nortel to co-develop unified comms

Microsoft and Nortel Networks will unify their efforts to develop "unified communications" products to break down the barriers between telephony, voice mail, e-mail and instant-messaging systems. The companies have struck a four-year alliance to jointly develop and sell unified communications systems, they said Tuesday.