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...Will Enable New Revenue Streams For Service Providers From Enhanced Services...


Microsoft Corp. and Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the worlds leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, today announced plans to jointly offer instant voicemail message notifications through Microsofts .NET Alerts service. The .NET Alerts service enables service providers to send alerts to their subscribers who utilize Microsoft. Windows. Messenger and MSN. Messenger as well as their mobile devices (Smartphones, cell phones, PDAs and pagers) and email.

Under the global offering, Comverse will integrate the .NET Alerts service and Microsofts SQL Server Notification Services to enable voicemail users to receive notifications when they have new voice messages. Voicemail users will have the option to have voicemail alerts delivered to their messenger clients, wireless handsets or email in-boxes, and then retrieve and play back their voice messages over the Internet. The service will be integrated with Comverses open-standards-based InSight environment for next-generation enhanced services. With the availability of Microsofts .NET Alerts service, Comverses service provider customers can expand their notification capabilities, and potentially increase traffic to their Web properties and generate additional revenue from their voicemail services.

The .NET Alerts service is available to Microsofts more than 80 million Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger users. .NET Alerts provides a ready-made, high-performance engine for sending alerts short instant messages that customers may opt-in to receive. Customers can choose to have .NET Alerts instantly delivered to their desktops when online, to an email address, or to a mobile device when they are away from their computer.

Service providers around the world are looking for new opportunities to provide services and experiences to their customers throughout the day, and to any device. Comverses global leadership in providing enhanced communications services and its relationship with more than 400 service providers, makes Comverse ideal to introduce a .NET Alerts-enabled voicemail solution to telecom customers, said John Wilcox, Director of Business Development at Microsoft. We are confident that the combination of Comverses products and services and Microsofts .NET Alerts service will deliver significant benefits to communications service providers and voicemail subscribers through these enhanced services.

Comverse is excited to be joining forces with Microsoft on delivering cutting-edge solutions for instant messaging consumers, said Ramesh Barasia, President, Comverse Americas. With the joint solution, wireline and wireless telecom customers can receive voicemail notification on their desktop PCs, PDAs or mobile devices. This innovative solution not only provides a more user-friendly experience, but also offers the potential for new revenue sources to our customers worldwide.

With the Microsoft- and Comverse-enabled offering, service provider subscribers will be able to receive instant voicemail notifications on any PC or mobile device providing instant access to time-sensitive information. As an example, a residential voicemail subscriber can be instantly notified of an important voicemail directly at the corporate desktop and retrieve the message over the web, thereby avoiding missing a call. Or, a mobile user can be notified of voice messages at the desktop, or through email while roaming, in addition to traditional wireless notification.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device.

About Comverse

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the worlds leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. More than 400 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators, in more than 100 countries, have selected Comverses enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of revenue-generating value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging
services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax, and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), instant communications, wireless information and entertainment services, voice-controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at
http://www.comverse.com


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