France Telecom and Microsoft are presenting the first initiatives resulting of a partnership announced in 29 June 2005. The partnership announced then was set as a strategic deal to co-develop innovative products and technologies.
The first effort is a next-generation service platform to enable the aggregation and delivery of a wide variety of services, including voice, video and data.
According to the companies, the digital convergence brings many new opportunities for users to utilize multiple devices across many different networks. There is a need for next-generation service platforms, for triple play and beyond, in order to evolve from side-by-side services, and provide users with a much richer experience, giving the liberty to combine TV, voice over IP (VoIP), instant messaging (IM), presence, content, and many other services simultaneously and with great flexibility.
This service platform, using the Microsoft Connected Services Framework, is designed to provide a foundation for building and managing complex services using a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web service interfaces. France Telecom plans to aggregate, provision and manage a range of new converged services for consumers and business customers, to enrich and simplify their everyday life, regardless of network or device.
By bringing together services developed by France Telecom and Microsoft software, as well as a broad array of third-party offerings and content, France Telecom plans to create new combinations targeting specific customer segments. France Telecom expects to develop differentiated offerings that are designed to attract new subscribers, build customer loyalty, and importantly, drive new revenue streams.
The next initiative is a joint collaboration to bring customers in many countries a series of feature-rich, easy-to-use VoIP phones developed by France Telecom and based on Microsoft software.
These VoIP phones include the LivePhone, the first WiFi broadband Smartphone developed by France Telecom for its Home segment. The LivePhone will be connected to the France Telecom home gateway (LiveBox) and services.
The Homezone, developed by France Telecom is a seamless service for communications on the move and at home, using a dual-radio GSM / WiFi mobile VoIP device which will evolve to become a Smartphone based on the Windows Mobile platform.
As part of the partnership, France Telecom and Microsoft will develop new advanced features and applications, enabling mobile information workers and consumers to access a broad variety of applications and services on the go as well as at home.