Just when you thought Microsoft had enough to do, there the software juggernaut goes, sticking its nose into yet another market. Not that we're surprised, of course, but this time, it's a market in which open source vendor Digium is entrenched. The company's Asterisk-based phone systems are built into a variety of products and are a "mainstay" for many enterprises and telecom providers. Techworld reported this morning that both companies unveiled competing phone systems at the recent VON 2007 show in San Jose.
Digium hopes to extend its customer base to include small businesses with the Asterisk Appliance. Slated to be available in May, the product includes Asterisk Business Edition in Digium hardware and will support as many as 50 users on Voice over IP or traditional analog phone systems.
Microsoft's offering, called Syspine, is based on the company's Response Point software and designed with no fan or movable parts for easy setup. The system will go into beta testing next month and should hit shelves later this year.