After financing medical research, education reform and Apple Computer, about a billion of Microsoft's dollars are heading for Nortel, the perpetually-in-the-sewer Canada-based telecom giant.
Microsoft and Nortel announced an alliance to accelerate the availability of unified communications - an illusive industry concept that combines various communications elements (such as email, instant messaging, telephony and multimedia conferencing) and makes it easier for workers to reach colleagues and customers. The companies will also attempt to migrate traditional business phone systems into software, to provide advanced functions, reduce costs, and hasten the creation of innovative applications.
Microsoft's last effort in telecommunications -- a computer-connected cordless phone -- was a notable failure; and Nortel has been bleeding billions in recent years.
If you dump two buckets of dead fish into one large bucket, and swirl them around, what are the chances of producing a living fish?