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Microsoft, NEC to Expand Partnership

NEC Corp. and Microsoft Corp. plan to expand their business partnership in the networking and server businesses.

(Tokyo) Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. and U.S. software company Microsoft Corp. announced plans Wednesday to expand their business partnership in the networking and server businesses.

NEC President Kaoru Yano and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer told reporters in Tokyo that the companies also plan to deepen their patent cross-licensing efforts as part of the expanded relationship.

The two companies will work together on such products as Internet telephone servers and Microsoft communications platforms, the pair said.

The companies will also jointly develop technologies to improve the quality of Internet-based telephone calls and the sending of video images over the Internet, they said.

NEC and Microsoft have been collaborating on personal computers since 1979 and servers since 1993.

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