This was bound to happen. I would call it the ‘War of the UC’s” ( pun unintended). Now that HP, Juniper, Microsoft, Polycom and Lifesize have forged this alliance, I wonder how Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, ShoreTel and Mitel would react. Surely nobody would want to be left behind. A consortium is always more powerful to drive new standards or drive out standards. From the initial looks of it, I think the forum was founded to drive better interoperability more than to drive standards initially. Members as of today are software, hardware and chip vendors for UC and Telepresence products.
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