Microsoft Pulls Back From Response Point

It appears that Microsoft Corp. is stepping back its development efforts on the Response Point small business VoIP system. In a “town hall” meeting with VARs Tuesday, Response Point GM John Frederickson indicated that the software giant does not plan to release future versions of the solution. But later statements from the company say further information will be forthcoming later this year.

The Response Point product roadmap had called for version 2.0 to come out later this year in time for a January 2010 rollout. Instead the company is reportedly going into “maintenance mode” on the product’s current release, version 1.0 SP2, from February. The product is funded and has a marketing budget for Microsoft’s 2010 financial year, which ends on June 30, 2010.

The pullback comes following unspecified layoffs in the Microsoft Response Point staff in May.

Response Point, which was launched in October 2007, is a software-based IP PBX that is packaged as an appliance by three OEMs – D-Link, Aastra Technologies Ltd. and Quanta Computer Inc.

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