Microsoft, Tata throw hats in with OVCC

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The Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) added four new members recently, giving new fuel to helping companies looking to achieve interoperability in videoconferencing.

New to the nascent group were ACT Conferencing, Kathea, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Tata Communications. OVCC launched in October, and is targeting videoconferencing interoperability and leveraging established standards and best practices to accelerate the adoption of B2B video communications.

Microsoft joins the group as a board member. The addition of the company, along with, ACT Conferencing, Kathea and Tata Communications, brings the organizations membership to 23 members in just six months.

The growing list of companies working on interoperability is an indication of the increasing demand for videoconferencing services, including the long-term goal of making a video call as ubiquitous as voice call.

The OVCC already represents a broad swath of companies in the space, including founders AT&T (NYSE: T), BCS Global, Dialogic (Nasdaq: DLGC), Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Teliris. The group also includes several other major players like Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ).

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