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Skype breaks records, traffic grows by 44 percent

Microsoft's call app increased its traffic in 2012 by twice the amount of all international phone carriers combined -- it's calls are now equal to one third of all global phone traffic.

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Cloud views for 2013

Gartner predicted in December 2011 that cloud computing would be getting real in 2012. They said cloud computing "is becoming a reality." But did that happen?

RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential

There are different consumer services that don't use the term "UC," but offer many of the same capabilities. They include Skype, Facebook, Foursquare and Google+, which is the most business-oriented. These services offer functions such as presence, chat and email tied to what in most cases is essentially a social networking platform.

Gartner: Quarter of enterprises to create app store in next five years

A quarter of all enterprises will create their own app store in the next five years, according to a report from analysts at Gartner, as IT staff seek to manage the threat posed by the growing bring your own app (BYOA) trend.

Alcatel-Lucent CEO to step down amid losses and declining revenue


Alcatel-Lucent reported a fourth-quarter net loss of €1.37 billion (US$1.81 billion), and at the same time announced it is hunting for a new CEO.

Current CEO Ben Verwaayen will step down as soon as a replacement is found, and will not seek re-election as a director, the company announced Thursday.

Smartphones, tablets: business users' choices.

Forrester predicts that 200 million workers will be lining up for a Windows tablet. Apple may want to take a bite out of that market with an iPad "Pro."

Microsoft's Surface Pro is apparently just what businesses want in what was formerly known as the desktop computer. If that's the case, Apple's brain trust may want to revisit the space where the Mac and the iPad intersect.

BroadSoft survey shows increased user demand for mobile UC


BroadSoft has just released survey results that substantiate users' increasing demand for mobile unified communications. The results also highlight an opportunity for mobile network operators to more quickly monetize their LTE network investments by delivering mobile UC to workers. The survey was conducted in late 2012 with responses from more than 700 business people from the United States, Spain and Sweden.

L’usage des terminaux mobiles impacte durablement le fonctionnement de l’entreprise.

« L’arrivée du BYOD (« Bring Your Own Device ») pousse les entreprises à réfléchir à la manière de travailler et à l’utilisation des périphériques mobiles », rappelle Yves Tapia, architecte solutions chez Avanade France, Belgique et Luxembourg.

USt: VoIP up, switched access down

A recent FCC study on local telephone competition highlights how successful Voice over IP (VoIP) has been in displacing traditional telecom services.

Gartner: Social business software efforts largely unsuccessful, for now

Many large companies are embracing internal social networks, but for the most part, they're not getting much good from them, according to analyst firm Gartner.

By 2016, some 50 percent of enterprises "will have internal Facebook-like social networks," and 30 percent of these will be considered to be as crucial as email and telephones, a Gartner study announced on Tuesday states.

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