!http://www.igniterealtime.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/sparkphone.png!Ear lier this week, I gave a talk at the Internet Telephony conference about next generation unified communication. You can check out the slides. A few caveats:
I didn't pick the title of the talk and the ugly slide template was required.
There's a lot of context missing without me talking, but at least you'll get the gist.
The telcom industry seems to be moving full speed ahead towards unified communications (I see it as the convergence of voice with other communication channels). Most of the vendors talked about presence as an important concept and were doing some amount of text messaging, chiefly through Microsoft LCS integration.
As many of you already know from our roadmap, we've been doing a ton of work on voice, which will land in the next releases. So, it was great for me to get the telcom perspective and imagine how we'll all meet in the middle with feature sets. Personally, I'm pretty excited about all the possibilities.