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InterCall and Microsoft Announce Strategic Alliance


Leaders in Audio and Web Conferencing Team Up to Bring Integrated Communications to Businesses

InterCall and Microsoft work together to deliver Web Conferencing and virtual collaboration solutions as worldwide demand increases

February 05, 2004; Chicago, IL – InterCall, Inc., a division of West Corporation, and one of the largest service providers specializing in conferencing communications, today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to deliver integrated audio and Web conferencing services.

Conference Place, a co-branded service powered by Microsoft Office Live Meeting, offers a flexible Web conferencing and virtual collaboration solution. When combined with InterCall’s audio conferencing services, Conference Place transforms a phone and a PC with an Internet connection into a virtual conference room, an online auditorium or an electronic brainstorming session. Information Workers are enabled to effortlessly meet, collaborate and exchange ideas, documents and information in real time without ever leaving their offices.

With the initiation of this strategic partnership, Conference Place, powered by Microsoft Office Live Meeting, becomes InterCall’s preferred Web conferencing service. InterCall will immediately offer programs enabling customers to take advantage of these unique voice and data collaboration services.

"Microsoft Office Live Meeting has brought the power of true collaboration and real-time teamwork to the conferencing market," said Scott Etzler, President of InterCall. "InterCall is committed to working with Microsoft to extend that power to businesses worldwide with our Conference Place, audio conferencing and world-class customer support services. We’re pleased to be working with them on this front as well as teaming with them to do further development work on integrated conferencing solutions"

"Leveraging the strength of our partners in the audio conferencing arena greatly complements our vision around a rich communication and collaboration solution involving voice, data, video, and presence," said Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President, Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft. "The natural fit of our Web conferencing service with a leading audio conferencing company such as InterCall will greatly expand the value proposition to end customers."

Information Workers worldwide are embracing real-time collaboration solutions such as InterCall’s audio conferencing services and Microsoft Office Live Meeting Web conferencing to more effectively communicate and collaborate while reducing costs and travel time and increasing productivity.


About InterCall

InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is the largest conference and collaborations service provider in the world, and a leading provider of global cloud-based unified communications services. Founded in 1991, InterCall offers telephony, messaging, conferencing and collaboration tools for businesses of all sizes, from large global enterprises to small or regional companies. With a global footprint and broad service capabilities, InterCall’s flexible models for hosted, managed and on-premises communication services help companies get the most out of their business processes.

InterCall's strong U.S. presence, including four call centers and 26 sales offices, is bolstered by operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. For more information, please visit www.intercall.com.

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