Microsoft to Acquire Enterprise Chat Company Parlano

Microsoft to acquire Parlano
On Wednesday, Microsoft made known that it is acquiring Parlano, a small Chicago-based technology company and with this acquisition the software giant will be adding Parlano’s group-chat software to a broad vision for integrated office communications programs.

No financial details of the deal have been revealed. What’s known is that the deal is expected to close anytime in the month of October.

Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft said, “Parlano has been successful in meeting the rigorous communications needs of companies in financial services and other vertical markets.” Singh added, “Parlano’s expertise and technology, added to Microsoft’s unified communications offering, will deliver customers the most complete presence, instant messaging and group chat solution on the market.”

“Parlano has helped many organizations enhance operations, improve service delivery and increase sales through more effective ongoing group communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing,” maintained Nick Fera, chairman and chief executive officer of Parlano. “The resulting competitive advantage will be further enhanced as we bring Parlano technology together with Microsoft Office Communications Server and Office Communicator.”

Seven-year-old Parlano, is privately owned and was represented by Revolution Partners and Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP. has developed the MindAlign group chat program, through which users can log on to a permanent chat room and send messages in real time, or alternatively search through an archive of the conversation later. Parlano’s software is in several industries, such as financial services, call centers and technology, to carry out ongoing business-critical conversations.

Microsoft’s unified communications technologies are based on standards and open protocols, enabling Parlano to develop its technology architecture from the very start to integrate with Microsoft’s unified communications offerings. At present, Parlano’s MindAlign application integrates with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communications Server 2007.

Once the deal closes, in around October, Microsoft will add the group chat functionality to Office Communications Server and Office Communicator, and intends offering group chat as part of the standard client access license for Office Communications Server 2007 Software Assurance customers. Existing Parlano consumers, a large number of which already use Microsoft unified communications software, will have enhanced access to the breadth of Microsoft unified communications software.