Sunday, June 01, 2008

Microsoft’s “Echoes” To Make Telephone Numbers Disappear!

“Right now the mobile phone, the desktop phone, the e-mail that you have on the PC, or instant messaging, these are all very different things, and the issues about how much of your information or your schedule, your current activity you share with people who communicate with you is not well designed…. By bringing together all of these kinds of communication, we can greatly simplify them. We can get rid of phone numbers, have it so when you say you want to contact someone, based on who you are and where that person is, they can decide whether to take the call or take a message about that, and so a great efficiency improvement that can be made there.”

Yes that is a statement by Mr. Bill Gates, from one transcript of an early May speech Gates gave in Japan.
But exactly how Microsoft plans to make phone numbers disappear? Yes I thought about that as well but Mary Jo Foley has found out. Microsoft is going to use Microsoft’s “Echoes” services platform for telcos to do that. But at the end you might end up with a number! one from Microsoft.


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