Microsoft Corp. plans to discontinue its Response Point IP PBX software effective Aug. 31, according to reports at SMB Nation quoting John Frederiksen, who has been the general manager for the project since January 2009.
The news was not unexpected. Last summer the software giant said it did not plan to release future versions of the system
SMB Nation reported that OEM partners were briefed and key Microsoft partners also were being notified.
The reasons for the discontinuation were twofold, Frederikson told SMB Nation: one, it wasn’t growing fast enough and, two, the likelihood that Response Point, a premises-based solution, would need a technology makeover to compete in the hosted VoIP market.
This means the company is effectively counting on Microsoft Office Communications Server to fill the gap left in the small business market.