Microsoft to debut ‘Istanbul’ application

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Microsoft to debut 'Istanbul' application

Microsoft introduced on Tuesday a desktop computer application that aims to seamlessly integrate e-mail, instant messaging, video conferencing, traditional phone service and Internet-based calling.

Microsoft plans to debut the product, code-named “Istanbul,” sometime in the first half of 2005. It will compete with efforts from rivals including IBM Corp. and smaller players such as Convoq Inc. to link together various channels of communications and promote their most effective use.

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