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Microsoft shows off "unified communications" devices


It's been almost a year since Microsoft first unveiled in "unified communications" platform, but it looks like the company now finally has some actual devices to go along with it, and it's using its big Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) this week to show 'em off. Coming from nine different manufactures -- including ASUSTek, NEC, Plantronics, and Samsung, among others -- the products include a variety of VoIP phones, headsets, monitors, and at least one laptop, which all promise to "just work" (sound familiar?). The products being shown off this week are also all geared specifically towards the workplace, with the phones in particular designed to give you constant access to email, instant messaging, and other things not normally associated with phones. While there's unfortunately not a whole lot of details on the products themselves just yet, you can get a quick look at some of them by hitting up the eWeek link below.

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