Softphone Plug-In adds VoIP functionality to MS Outlook.
December 15, 2008 -
Bria for Microsoft OutlookŪ integrates softphone technology into Microsoft Outlook, providing all-in-one access to VoIP and personal information manager (PIM) services. Part of Outlook's toolbar, solution has non-intrusive VoIP interface that does not infringe on PIM's 3-pane design or workspace real estate. SIP-based plug-in provides VoIP features such as screen pops and call handling options, Click-to-Dial functionality, and ability to manage multiple simultaneous calls.
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CounterPath Solutions, Inc.
8th Floor,100 West Pender Street,
Vancouver, , V6B1R8
The CounterPath Softphone Experience Now Integrated with Microsoft Outlook
VANCOUVER, Dec. 4 -- CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV; OTCBB: CPAH), a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today announced the launch of Bria for Microsoft Outlook(R). The offering integrates CounterPath's softphone technology directly into Microsoft Outlook, providing users with all-in-one access to their VoIP and personal information manager (PIM) services. Appearing as part of Outlook's toolbar, the Bria plug-in provides a non-intrusive VoIP interface that does not infringe on the PIM's traditional three-pane design or workspace real estate - preserving the productivity benefits of Outlook while integrating value-added VoIP services.
"CounterPath is committed to enabling unified communications in a way that employs a user's favored application tools, preferred operating systems and devices, and existing telephone infrastructures," said Donovan Jones, President and CEO for CounterPath. "As Microsoft Outlook is one of the most utilized PC applications in the business market today, integrating our softphone into Outlook was a logical move and positions us to fulfill the strong demand that we are seeing from our existing channel partners as well as the overall market for this type of solution. Our Bria for Microsoft Outlook application is designed to increase productivity while reducing overall costs, making the softphone experience even better."
Bria for Microsoft Outlook has a SIP-based architecture, allowing for rapid integration and deployment across any service provider or enterprise vendor SIP-enabled network. With the ability to avoid supporting and investing in an expansive underlying Microsoft infrastructure, voice providers are able to immediately deploy a Microsoft-integrated VoIP solution without placing any strain on their existing service delivery model.
Bria for Microsoft Outlook provides a wide assortment of VoIP features including:
- Screen pops and call handling options such as call hold, forward and ignore
- Click-to-Dial from any location within Outlook
- Ability to manage multiple simultaneous calls
- Message waiting indicator and one-click access to voicemail
- In-call features such as mute and call forwarding
In addition to calling features, Bria for Microsoft Outlook provides support for a wide assortment of narrow and wideband codecs, zero touch configuration during installation, auto-updates and NAT traversal using STUN and ICE. Bria for Microsoft Outlook also offers flexible branding options, allowing solution providers to incorporate their brand into the integrated VoIP-to-Outlook user experience.
Bria for Microsoft Outlook will be available for purchase at the CounterPath website beginning December 9, 2008. To learn more, please visit http://counterpath.com/bria-for-microsoft-outlook.html.
CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The company's product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence and Instant Messaging (IM) applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks.
CounterPath's customers include some of the world's largest telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers including AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), Deutsche Telekom, Cisco Systems, Mitel and Nortel.
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