Avaya and Lenovo Deliver Enhanced Mobile Telephony Solution on 'Think' PCs



    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22 /CNW/ -- LOTUSPHERE -- Avaya and Lenovo today
announced the availability of the Avaya Mobility Edition for Lenovo ThinkPad
notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, a solution targeted for business users
that embeds the Avaya Internet protocol (IP) Softphone application into Lenovo
PCs. The unified solution enables complete, enterprise communications from any
location with optimum security, usability and quality of service.
    With an Avaya IP Softphone, a Lenovo PC becomes the office phone by
integrating with an existing office extension number and linking it with
multiple office, home and mobile numbers that can ring simultaneously or in a
sequence at the user's choice. Location becomes irrelevant: callers can reach
employees quickly through a single number; employees have full access to Avaya
Communication Manager features, voicemail and directories on their Lenovo PCs.
In addition, users can make calls using a simple, click-to-dial feature from
corporate directories, call logs, Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes contact
lists or any open desktop application.
    "The Avaya Mobility Edition for our Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks provides
unified communications that facilitate business communications among our staff
internally and with our customers externally," said Jerry Perkins, executive
vice president, Emerging Technologies and Corporate Strategy for Cross
Telecom. "This secure, cost-effective solution has generated significant
interest from our customers both in fixed and mobile locations due to its ease
of use."
    The solution includes support for biometric log-in using fingerprint
readers on Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and optional Lenovo external keyboards,
as well as a new voicemail notification function that uses Lenovo's ThinkLight
feature. Lenovo's integrated fingerprint reader provides easy access to
business communications with the swipe of a finger while protecting contact
lists and call histories from unauthorized access. In addition, Lenovo's
ThinkLight, located on the top of the ThinkPad notebooks' screen bezel, alerts
users to incoming voicemail.
    "By using the Avaya Mobility Edition on Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and
ThinkCentre desktops, users can streamline communications by taking their
office phone with them on their PC, whether they are working in the office,
from home or on the road," said Bob Galush, vice president, Software and
Peripherals Marketing, Lenovo. "This combined solution integrates the latest
Voice over Internet protocol solution with Lenovo's proven PC technologies
resulting in a secure, easy-to-use computing and telephony experience."
    "Avaya's Unified Communications and IP telephony solution embedded on
Lenovo's ThinkPad notebooks enhances worker productivity by providing secure
access to a built-in softphone for business communications from any location
via their notebook PC," said Stephen Borcich, vice president, Unified
Communications, Avaya. "The integrated solution can reduce company expenses by
limiting the need for calling cards, hotel phones, second home lines and cell
phone charges. The Avaya Mobility Edition for Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and
ThinkCentre desktops enables companies to quickly streamline the growing
complexity of their workers' communications environment on their existing PC
fleets while giving them more functionality that's also easy to use. "
    The solution is available for purchase immediately in North America from
Lenovo and Lenovo business partners. Technical support for the joint solution
will be provided by Avaya. Pricing starts at $51 per user, with volume
discounts available.
    
    About Avaya
    
    Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies
transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1
million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE
500 (R), use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact
Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services
provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For
more information visit the Avaya Web site, www.avaya.com.
    
    About Lenovo
    
    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best
engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation,
operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on
investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the
former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and
markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and
services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan;
Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more
information see www.lenovo.com.




For further information:

For further information: Deb Kline of Avaya, +1-908-953-6179, 
klined@avaya.com; or Kristy Fair of Lenovo, +1-919-257-6329, 
krisfair@us.lenovo.com Web Site: http://www.avaya.com                 
http://www.lenovo.com

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