unified messaging (unified messaging system or UMS)

Unified messaging (sometimes referred to as the unified messaging system or UMS) is the handling of voice, fax, and regular text messages as objects in a single mailbox that a user can access either with a regular e-mail client or by telephone. The PC user can open and play back voice messages, assuming their PC has multimedia capabilities. Fax images can be saved or printed.

A user can access the same mailbox by telephone. In this case, ordinary e-mail notes in text are converted into audio files and played back.

Unified messaging is particularly convenient for mobile business users because it allows them to reach colleagues and customers through a PC or telephone, whichever happens to be available. Some services offer worldwide telephone access. 

 

Contributor(s): Mike Norris
This was last updated in September 2006
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
View the next item in this Essential Guide: videoconference (video conferencing) or view the full guide: Unified communications technology basics

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