Bell Canada and Microsoft provide collaboration and unified communication solutions

Oct 16, 2007

Organizations will receive rich new real-time communication capabilities
to meet the demands of the changing workforce

TORONTO, Ontario, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada, a leading
integrator and provider of converged solutions, today announced that it is
working with Microsoft to expand existing and deliver new collaboration and
unified communication solutions.
With these unified messaging, communications and collaboration solutions,
Canadian businesses will benefit from a robust ecosystem that includes rich
presence, real-time communication and access to information any time,
anywhere. These features not only enhance an organization's productivity, but
contribute to cost savings that help foster customer and supplier loyalty, and
increase employee satisfaction, all while improving the potential for
innovation.
"As workforce demographics change, more Canadian companies are demanding
multidimensional and effective solutions to meet their evolving communication
needs," said Stéphane Boisvert, President, Bell Enterprise Group. "At Bell, we
complement a deep-rooted understanding of IP infrastructures with our proven
success in real-time, networked application development. Our commitment is to
enable Canadian businesses with effective unified communication tools that
help speed decision-making processes.
"In addition, by working with Microsoft on collaboration solutions, we
give customers who are running on a Microsoft-based unified communications
platform the ability to integrate voice and data with desktop applications,
simplify the management of their communications infrastructure and leverage
their technology investment for future IP-based innovation."
"Canadian businesses are constantly struggling to find a unified solution
to seamlessly integrate various products," said Bryan Rusche, Product Manager,
Unified Communication and Collaboration, Microsoft Canada Co. "Microsoft is
pleased to be working with Bell Canada to help solve these pain points and
deliver a streamlined communications experience to Canadian companies."

About Bell

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Pierre Leclerc, Bell, Media Relations, (514) 391-2007, 1 877 391-2007, pierre.leclerc@bell.ca