Microsoft Gobbles Up VoIP Company

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Microsoft Corp. is adding voice-over-Internet-protocol technology to its software arsenal with an agreement to acquire Zurich, Switzerland-based media-streams.com AG.

The software giant announced the deal Thursday, saying that it will use media-stream.com’s technology and employees to accelerate the delivery of VoIP services based on the “Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.”

But Microsoft officials said they don’t plan to use the acquisition to expand into providing phone services.

“Microsoft remains focused on the software-platform business, and it has no intentions of being a phone company. However, Microsoft does see voice communications as an integral part of communication and collaboration on the PC going forward, and Microsoft intends to deliver a powerful, easy-to-use unified communications experience to customers,” spokeswoman Jessica Crozier said in a prepared statement.

Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

The Microsoft deal follows eBay Inc.’s $2.6 billion acquisition last month of Luxembourg-based Internet-telephone-service provider Skype Technologies S.A.

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