Polycom to buy HP's videoconferencing assets

Polycom has agreed to acquire the assets of Hewlett-Packard's Visual Collaboration business, including its Halo videoconferencing products and managed services, as part of a broad partnership for unified communications.

Cisco Looking To Sell Linksys and WebEx

Cisco would appear to be unloading its unwanted baggage at a rapid rate. Last month, the company shut down its Flip camera business after revealing that the company wanted to “simplify the way we work and how we focus our attention and resources.”

More simplifying appears to be on the way with Cisco reportedly looking to sell its home networking arm Linksys and its business video chat and collaboration tool WebEx.

Why is Video Conferencing So Slow to Replace Business Travel?

According to a recent study reported by industry observer Larry Barrett, “only about half of all enterprises have actually installed the technology and only about another 25 percent plan to in the next two years.

Huawei and ZTE Will Soon Be Major Video Conferencing Providers

Video conferencing services by Huawei and ZTE will have a huge affect on the industry in future years, research firm Ovum said recently.

Ovum is predicting that business spending on video conferencing will increase annually by 6 percent through the year 2016, when the global market could grow to be worth $3.8 billion.

Microsoft Office 365 now in public beta

Microsoft has opened the tap on its cloud-based Office 365 and is now offering the service as a public beta for anyone to try out.

Available in 38 countries and in 17 languages, the new beta follows several months of limited testing among a couple thousand businesses that were able to kick the tires on the service. After the public beta, Office 365 will officially launch later this year.

Announcements from snom, Vidyo, Glowpoint wrap up Enterprise Connect conference

Enterprise Connect conference:  two announcements from snom (a new product and a compatibility with the Microsoft Office Communications Server), Vidyo's integration with Microsoft Lync, and a Glowpoint demo with Skype's videoconferencing.

Aastra Launches BluStar Video Conferencing Solution for Enterprises

Aastra, a provider of IP telephony and Unified Communications solutions, announced the launch of the Aastra BluStar video conferencing solution.

The BluStar 8000i desktop media phone combines HD video conferencing quality with unified communications and business applications into a powerful collaboration and easy-to-use device.

Skype, Citrix to Deliver Conference Call Service.

David Gurle, vice president and general manager of Skype Enterprise, announced a new partnership at his keynote address at Enterprise Connect 2011 in Orlando on Tuesday. Skype is working with Florida-based Citrix Systems to deliver a new breed of Web and audio conferencing tools, marrying the best of both products to let users set up online meetings with GoToMeeting and Skype video conferencing.

Avaya offers virtual meetings, SaaS-style

Avaya this week updated its enterprise virtual collaboration software and started offering it in a software-as-a-service model.

Avaya web.alive is a web collaboration platform for businesses that uses a client software download to establish a virtual meeting or conference room or auditorium, with participants represented as avatars. The software is designed to facilitate virtual meetings in which participants do not have to physically travel to a fixed destination but can participate virtually via the avatars and software-based meeting facilities.

Most workers don't have desktop video and don't want it

High-level execs are the most likely businesspeople to use the technology, the Forrester report finds

Despite the popularity of consumer desktop video like Skype and FaceTime, information workers in North America and Europe have little interest in using the technology on the job, according to Forrester Research.

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