Chicago-based Parlano, the maker of MindAlign group chat software, will be acquired by Microsoft. This adds more steam to Microsoft's plan for a complete Unified Communications solution.
A quote from ZDNet:
MindAlign allows secure instant message among groups and has enterprise customers across several industries. The acquisition isn't a big surprise. Parlano has been a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and already integrates with the the company's Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communications Server 2007.
Enterprise-wide unified communications solutions are witnessing the likes of Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft on a collision course. Incorporating new features that sync well with the new generation of Web 2.0 employees also seems part of the plan.
Microsoft scoops up Parlano (VNUnet)
Microsoft acquires Parlano (Channel Register)