Sonu, founder and CEO of Unify Square, is one of the true visionaries behind unified communications in the enterprise -- he holds the first-ever patent for enterprise instant messaging and three others for real-time collaboration technology. Microsoft's own entry into UC began with its 1998 acquisition of Flash Communications, where Sonu was a co-founder.
While at Microsoft, Sonu drove the roadmap, technical feature set, and development for Lync's predecessors -- Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 and Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007. He drove extensive customer feedback from dozens of global enterprises into the technical design and roadmap for the next two releases of OCS, as well as the Open Interoperability Program and Microsoft's partnerships with Nortel, Cisco, and other IP-PBX vendors.
Sonu earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, he invented the first time-optimal, self-stabilizing, spanning-tree algorithms for asynchronous computer networks. Be sure to ask him about that.