Kiwi Vadacom out of Vista picture at launch

There was no promotion of Vadacom's locally developed VoIP software, which was a crucial element in the demonstration network

Visitors to the home and small business launch of Vista in Wellington were handed a folder-full of Microsoft material — together with several pages acknowledging the contribution made by hardware partner HP and those providing the various software products used in the demonstration network at consultant Shaan Stevens’ home and office.

But there was no promotion of Vadacom’s locally developed VoIP software, VadaXchange, which was a crucial element in the network, and interfaces with Microsoft’s Exchange and CRM applications.

Vadacom founder and open-source champion Igor Portugal confirms he supplied a brochure, but it was not included in the kit.

A Microsoft spokeswoman said at first that a missed deadline was the reason why Vadacom’s brochure was not included.

But, after checking, she said it was left out because VadaXchange is a small business product and Microsoft had wanted to emphasise the “home” aspects of the demonstration site.

In the event, Stevens made much play of the usefulness of Windows Vista to his small business.

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