We are delighted to see that Microsoft’s efforts in the communications space are being recognized. This week, Microsoft was honoroed with the Pipeline Innovation Award for Best Ecosystem, 2012. Pipeline’s prestigious Innovation Awards acknowledge thought leaders for advancements in technologies, products and deployments. The Best Ecosystem award is a proof point of Microsoft’s leadership in creating a unique value proposition based on our strategy to build and cultivate a vibrant partner ecosystem. Microsoft’s partner solutions are developed using a flexible, scalable, and robust platform to provide our customers with industry leading solutions to address their most critical needs.

The telecommunications industry has undergone tremendous changes in recent years. Communications service providers are transforming their operations and their business models in order to deliver new services faster
and at a lower cost. Microsoft and our partners work together to provide solutions that address the most demanding needs of communications service providers around the world in the most cost-effective way, while offering the agility to respond to the business and technology opportunities of tomorrow. 

Partnerships with ISVs such as Ericsson, Tribold, Redknee, CHR Solutions, Convergys (now part of NetCracker), MetraTech and SIs such as Tech Mahindra, Alcatel Lucent, and Capgemini continue to boost the credibility of the Microsoft platform in the communications space. Microsoft's “mashable ecosystem” is expanding as ISVs and SIs choose Microsoft technologies to deliver industry specific solutions to our service provider customers.