Summary: Microsoft Response Point reaches the end of the line
After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has essentially killed Response Point — the company’s former VoIP system for small businesses. According to a Microsoft Town Hall meeting today with VARs, the product is in maintenance mode with no future releases planned. Sorry for the following comparison, but Response Point has become Microsoft’s modern day OS/2. Here’s why.
Alas, Response Point is a product with an eager, niche following that didn’t officially die. Instead, Response Point will fade away (quickly, The VAR Guy predicts) through maintenance mode support. IBM used the same strategy to walk away from OS/2 a decade ago.
Now that Microsoft puts VoIP on the back burners, Cisco enters more such areas with GNU/Linux, and Microsoft’s Communication Server partner Nortel goes out of business, what might happen to Exchange (Microsoft’s ripoff of others) in the long run? GNU/Linux is competing well against Exchange and here is a good new comic on the subject. █
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