Aastra Simplifies Phone Communications with Aastra Connector™

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Aastra today announced release of Aastra Connector™, a PC-based search-and-dial application. Aastra Connector extends the value of IP phones and network systems by unifying telephony call control with Microsoft and Google PC desktop tools. Aastra Connector acts as a single access point for users to instantly search for and dial contacts, as well as instantly retrieve and pop up contact information, documents, and emails based on incoming caller ID.

Aastra, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market, today announced release of Aastra Connector™, a PC-based search-and-dial application. Aastra Connector extends the value of IP phones and network systems by unifying telephony call control with Microsoft® and Google® PC desktop tools. Aastra Connector acts as a single access point for users to instantly search for and dial contacts, as well as instantly retrieve and pop up contact information, documents, and emails based on incoming caller ID. The optional Aastra Connector Softphone further enhances value for Aastra users, by providing the same great User Interface and functionality as the PC application.

“Aastra Connector is an innovative solution that will provide Aastra customers with rich PC-phone integration,” said Tim Whittington, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Aastra USA. “It's simple to use search-and-dial capabilities improve productivity and enhance the Aastra value proposition to our end-customers.”

Aastra Connector makes use of the XML API built into Aastra SIP phones to allow users to automatically control their phone via these APIs, and also allows users to control the built-in softphone using PC speaker and microphone or using a USB phone. Once connected to a desk phone or softphone, users simply type the name of a person or business into the Aastra Connector telephony tool bar, and contact matches from Outlook®, Clearspan Directory, Active Directory® or LDAP directories, Google Maps® or Google Search® will pop up - then users just click to dial. For incoming calls, users can set the application to automatically open an Outlook contact, do a Windows desktop search, or generate a toast-pop based on incoming caller ID. The application is an easy PC download and install, is customizable to meet individual user’s preferences, and comes with mass-deployment capabilities, making it suitable for SMB and large enterprises alike.

For a demonstration of Aastra Connector visit Aastra in Booth #212 at ITEXPO West, or for more information visit http://www.aastrausa.com/connector.

About Aastra USA
Aastra USA Inc. is the US business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, a company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra’s operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers IP telephony and Unified Communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers’ requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, integrated mobility, call center solutions to a wide selection of terminals. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastrausa.com

Aastra® is a registered trademark of Aastra Technologies Limited in the United States and Canada. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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