Microsoft Corp unveiled its promised telecommunications strategy for Windows NT and BackOffice yesterday at the SuperCom 97 show in New Orleans, forging new relationships with a number of companies to deliver and manage telecommunication services. It is teaming up with Alcatel NV, Cisco System Inc, Fore Systems Inc, U.S Robotics Corp and Westell Technologies Inc to boost broadband service interoperability by defining an architecture for ADSL asymmetric digital subscriber line deployment. The aim is to enable the use of point-to-point protocol and asynchronous transfer mode over ADSL. Microsoft also revealed an agreement with the Dutch telecommunications company PTT Telecom for intranet software and services for large and medium-sized companies. As part of the agreement, PTT Telecom will become an authorized Microsoft Solution Provider and Microsoft reseller. Finally, Microsoft teamed up with Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based DGM&S Telecom Inc, a supplier of distributed intelligent network software to bring to market signalling system 7 public network products to NT. DGM&S is porting its OMNI Soft Platform to Windows NT Server, enabling it to deliver public network services requiring SS7 communications. Microsoft is providing technical support.