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In brief: Microsoft is due to unveil its plans to add multimedia capability to its collaboration products tomorrow (8 March). The completed messaging client, codenamed Istanbul, will complement Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005, Microsoft's corporate IM software. The product is part of plans to pull what Redmond describes as Real Time Collaboration technologies - such as video and Web conference - into its Office suite. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is set to "unveil its Real-Time Collaboration vision and strategy, reveal new technologies, including tools for Video Conferencing and Instant Messaging" at a San Francisco event tomorrow (8 March). ®

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