Microsoft merges voice-response tech into 24/7 Inc., promises smarter self-serve calls

Microsoft is merging its interactive voice-response technology into 24/7 Inc. and taking an equity stake in the Silicon Valley company. The deal, announced this morning, includes an R&D partnership between the companies and a patent licensing agreement that gives 24/7 broader access to Microsoft’s speech technologies. An undisclosed number of Microsoft employees will shift to… Read More


F5 names Skype CFO to board, buys IP assets of Crescendo Networks

F5 Networks has appointed Skype Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Chadwick to its board of directors and announced the purchase of intellectual property assets of Crescendo Networks. The Seattle company, whose software and hardware helps speed the delivery of online applications, also said that its board has authorized a $200 million share repurchase program. Shares of… Read More