Microsoft and Oracle make waves with unified communications talk.The grand unification of all things in high tech is moving right along. Last week, it was Bill Gates and Microsoft talking up unified communications. The week before, it was Larry Ellison and Oracle continuing their quest to fuse all enterprise applications through constant use of Ellisons checkbook. While big vendors have received much of the attention, a few startups have emerged from stealth mode as well. Microsoft is late to the unified communications game. Gates sent out an executive e-mail titled "The Age of Software-Powered Communications." Setting aside a bit of irony, in that information about a new communications platform came via creaky old e-mail, Gates note was nearly as grand a proclamation as when Microsoft discovered the World Wide Web. "It would be hard to overstate the magnitude of the changes that are coming. Standardized, software-powered communications technologies will be the catalyst for the convergence of voice, video, text, applications, information, and transactions, making it possible to create a seamless communications continuum that extends across peoples work and home lives," Gates e-mail stated. "This will provide the foundation for new products, services, and capabilities that will change the world in profound and often unexpected ways."
While Id argue it is content rather than myriad platforms that can be world-changing, who am I to disagree with the richest (whoops, make that the second-richest) man in the world?