Microsoft To Patent Phone Tag

OK This has got to be the best Microsoft story ever…

CNET has the juicy details. Read every word from the impressive headline to end of the cut.

Microsoft aims to end ‘phone tag’

For a long time now, Microsoft has been touting the end of phone tag.

Next week, the company may finally take a step in that direction. For several years, Microsoft has shown demos in which people can choose who contacts them, and when–and through the miracle of software, we are seamlessly connected to those with whom we want to communicate. It’s one of the company’s favorite technology-of-the-future demos, right up there with the one in which the computer dutifully responds to our every spoken command.

Decent voice-command, however, still seems a bit far off. But Microsoft has some products it says will bring us closer to that reality of unified messaging.

The company has scheduled an event Monday in San Francisco where business division president Jeff Raikes and unified messaging VP Anoop Gupta will launch several new products.

“Imagine a world without jet lag, without phone tag, and without time wasted waiting for feedback,” the software maker said in an invitation to reporters. “Join us as Microsoft reveals its strategy for delivering Unified Communications–a new way to collaborate, communicate and get things done across a global work force.”

Microsoft has already announced some steps in this direction. Earlier this year, the company combined its Exchange unit with the real-time communications group that handles its Live Communications Server for instant messaging and presence management–software that detects whether you are online or offline. The company has also said that the next version of the Exchange e-mail server will be able to handle voice mail…

So Microsoft wants to end your regular phone tag and replace it with… Say it with me, “Microsoft Tag.”

For a $3000 server license and an EULA that gives Bill Gates the right to data-mine your phone messages, you too can use “Microsoft Tag” and be free of the burden of regular phone tag.

Now before you hear your messages, a voice will interrupt you and ask you if you are sure you want to listen to the messages you just told Microsoft Tag you wanted to listen to. Then it will warn you that your verison of Microsoft Tag needs updating. Then it will interrupt you and ask…

More innovation from the minds of Microsoft.

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