3CX was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Nick Galea who saw the need for an open standard software PBX for Microsoft Windows. With 86.7% of businesses using Windows as their operating system, the need for a software-based phone system which runs on Microsoft Windows was evident. With the PBX market being solely proprietary and devoid of any innovation for the past thirty years, businesses were increasingly becoming frustrated as they needed an open standard PBX that would be affordable, easy to use, innovative and software based.3CX’s leading product, 3CX Phone System not only replaces proprietary phone systems, it delivers a complete Unified Communications solution as it’s an open standard software based IP PBX which runs on Windows and that can be integrated with other applications running on Windows. By relying on the SIP Standard, 3CX along with its technology partners, snom and Yealink, delivers a future proof, best of breed phone system.3CX was named a CRN Emerging Vendor in 2011 and 2012 and has been awarded CRN’s 5-Star Partner Program rating in 2013. 3CX has also been awarded Windows Server Certification and won the Windowsnetworking.com Gold Award, the Windows IT Pro Editor’s Best Award and a Best Buy Award from Computer Shopper.