Nortel and Microsoft have announced four new joint unified communications products, as a result of their partnership in the UC space.

Nortel Converged Office will combine Nortel's Communication Server 1000 IP-PBX with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

The Nortel UC Integrated Branch will also be integrated with Office Communications Server 2007 in order to deploy WAN routing, ethernet switching, security, and VoIP into remote sites.

The cross-platform capabilities will also be apparent in the Nortel and Microsoft Carrier Hosted UC Solution for hosting unified communications - giving small and medium-sized businesses instant messaging, VoIP, click-to-call, and video conferencing through the Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

Nortel's Multimedia Conferencing, version 5.0 is now available for the Microsoft Communications Server 2007.

Nortel sees the partnership as providing a trusted, well-understood front-end from which to offer large and small companies their UC infrastructure products.