Microsoft puts its spin on office chat | CNET News.com "Indeed, Smith's comments highlighted Microsoft's view of how its software would allow different devices to exchange text and voice under one network based on the Internet Protocol. Features commonly associated with phones, such as voice calls, voice mail, call forwarding and the like, will become features within an IP-based corporate network.
As a result, Microsoft's Windows server software will run various applications that serve data to devices running the Windows XP operating system.
"A phone over time...it will collect dust," Smith said. "Phones become less and less useful."