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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Skype, a powerhouse in the area of voice and video chat over the Net, said today it's acquiring Qik, a mobile video specialist.
The move stands to expand what Skype does with mobile phones. Today it's got apps for voice chat, but Qik brings video to the party with applications that run today on Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.
Siemens Enterprise Communications has announced it will acquire FastViewer, a German-based company that specializes in collaboration and Web conferencing tools, with plans to add the tools to the OpenScape UC Suite 2011 edition.