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Avaya Upgrades Video Platform with Team Engagement Solutions

Avaya has announced enhancements to its video collaboration platforms as part of its new “Team Engagement Solutions.”

Additions and enhancements to Avaya’s portfolio include:

Polycom Enhances Collaboration Portfolio

Polycom has enhanced its collaboration portfolio with several new features including facial recognition, noise suppression technology, and mobile device upgrades that improve picture quality. The features are integrated with the Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Polycom RealPresence® Resource Manager software.

ShoreTel Mobility 8 delivers mobile video collaboration

ShoreTel has launched a major update to ShoreTel Mobility with version 8, offering mobile-enabled video conferencing. ShoreTel Mobility 8 is integrated with the ShoreTel Communicator desktop call-control suite, and the new software enhancements have added a virtualized ShoreTel Mobility Router.

IDC: Cloud, software options deflate sales of enterprise video systems

Sales of video conferencing and telepresence hardware systems are declining, hurt by an increase in cloud and software-based options that often are cheaper and simpler to deploy, according to an IDC study.

In 2014's first quarter, video conferencing equipment revenue shrank 16 percent worldwide year over year to $473.5 million, while units sold fell 6.2 percent.

Lifesize Launches New SaaS Video HD Video Conferencing Service

Lifesize, a division of Logitech has introduced the Lifesize Cloud. Lifesize Cloud is delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), designed to blend software, hardware, service and the user interface.

Key features of the service include:

Cisco launches all-in-one desktop comms devices to declutter desks

US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.

The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.  

Microsoft's Lync plants its flag in Android tablets

Microsoft has released a new version of its Lync client for Android that now works on tablets as well as smartphones, expanding the footprint of its fast-growing unified communications product.

There are already Lync apps for iOS -- iPhone and iPad -- Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

Cisco retires WebEx Social, partners with Jive instead

Cisco has put out to pasture its WebEx Social enterprise social networking (ESN) suite, opting instead to partner with Jive Software.

To Compete With Google, Microsoft Makes Skype Group Chats Free

Microsoft announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.

Startups flock to Web RTC for browser-based videoconferencing

A band of startups at Enterprise Connect is trying to cash in on Web RTC browser technology for peer-to-peer Internet audio and video calls. Grouped together on the show floor, they are taking real time communications and blending it in with other applications to create richer services.

The technology was talked about a great deal at last year's Enterprise Connect, but there weren't many products on display. The story is different this year.

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