Congratulations are in order for Anoop Gupta. You see, Anoop just became the new VP of Microsoft’s newly created Unified Communications Group. According to the press release, the Unified Communications Group will be created from the merger of the Exchange Group, and the Real Time Communications Group.
I’ve seen Anoop, and members of his team, speak several times. They’ve had a strong Unified Communications vision, and now, with assets like Exchange part of the organization, they will be able to really execute on that vision. The logic of combining the company’s message store with the Real Time Communications group is irrefutable.
The next really interesting step will be to see how they provide hosted versions of new offerings based on this technology merger. Scalable, hosted versions of these popular apps would be the killer VoIP offering for small and medium enterprise.