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Analysis of Active Voice's Acquisition of PhoneSoft, Inc.

Written By: P. Hayes
Published On: March 3 2000

Event Summary

SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ - Active Voice Corporation (Nasdaq: ACVC), a global provider of unified messaging and computer telephony software solutions announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held PhoneSoft Inc., a leading provider of true unified messaging solutions for Lotus Notes/Domino.

Market Impact

PhoneSoft, Inc. is a privately held company that focuses on unified messaging solutions (UM), including email, facsimile, and voice mail. PhoneSoft was selected as a finalist for the Beacon award at Lotusphere 2000 in Orlando, FL for its integration and interoperability with the Lotus Notes Domino platform. ActiveVoice does not have a product specific to Lotus Notes at the present time. With Lotus' recent announcement of 50,000,000 installed clients, Lotus offers a rich environment for 3rd party software.

ActiveVoice is acquiring PhoneSoft so that it can sell into one of the richest collaborative messaging server arenas in the world. Active Voice will integrate all of PhoneSoft's functionality into its existing "Unity" voice-messaging product to target Lotus Notes Domino R5.

User Recommendations

In order to tap the Lotus Notes market, Active Voice had to acquire an organization with a Lotus Notes Domino focus. Users should be cautious in their interest in the combined Active Voice/PhoneSoft solution. As with all mergers, especially those so entrenched in software development, difficulties can arise.

If you are looking for a fully integrated Unified Messaging solution aimed at Lotus Domino R5, Active Voice is an option to consider. However, stable corporations such as AVT Corporation already offer fully interoperable unified messaging solutions for Lotus Notes. We recommend a careful technical evaluation of both products prior to a final selection .

 
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