Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)  have partnered to offer a new Internet-based communications product for small and midsize businesses. Microsoft Communication Services from Comcast include enterprise-class e-mail, calendaring and document sharing, with no additional server capacity required.

Features include collaboration solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, as well as help desk support from Comcast. Microsoft Communication Services were launched in conjunction with Comcast’s introduction of high-speed Internet, phone and video services for the small business market.

"Many of our small-business customers use stand-alone Microsoft products on their own PCs, which benefits individual employees," Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business Services, said in a statement. "Now, as part of their Comcast high-speed Internet service, they can quickly schedule meetings, share a common address book, or easily share or review important documents, which benefits the entire business."

Published on: Nov 15, 2007