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Microsoft Office 365 Adoption Takes Off, War With Google Apps Rages On

Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 is the company's fastest growing commercial product ever, and adoption shows no sign of stalling. The company's cloud revenue (which included Azure and Dynamics CRM as well as Office 365) grew 128 percent in the most recent quarter compared to the same period last year, and the number of Office 365 commercial seats in use nearly doubled.

AT&T opens doors between UC platforms and gives enterprises the ke

Enterprises want open communication with the people they do business with—but not too open.

AT&T’s UC Federation service, introduced on Thursday, is designed to break down walls between unified communications platforms but let users keep organizational boundaries in place. That should serve two key requirements for large enterprises that find themselves working ever more closely with partners, customers and acquired subsidiaries.

Microsoft introduces the Surface Hub for business meeting

Microsoft is hoping it can make droning business meetings a little more productive.

The company on Wednesday introduced the new Surface Hub, an 84-inch touchscreen 4K display equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and built-in microphones and cameras.

VideoDesk a levé 4,8 M$ pour son développement international.

Editeur d’une solution de tchat texte, audio et vidéo pour les sites d’e-commerce, le Français VideoDesk a levé 4,8 millions de dollars pour multiplier sa force de frappe à l’international. Une enveloppe apportée par plusieurs business angels (Jérome Camblain, Bertrand Meunier, Bertrand Mabille, Didier Chambard), le fonds régional de co- investissement de la région Ile-de-France (FRCI) géré par CapDécisif et la BPI.

When Enterprises Become Carriers

Communication is a critical function for any business. Listening to customers. Negotiating with suppliers. Collaborating with teams and partners. Without it, no business can thrive or survive. In the past, businesses of all sizes were dependent on carriers for all of these services. According to Standard & Poor’s 2013 Global Sales Report, 46 percent of the S&P 500 business occurs outside of the United States, which is up from 42 percent ten years earlier.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unveils OpenTouch Suite for SMBs

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has added to its unified communications portfolio with its OpenTouch Suite for SMB, targeting the small- and medium-sized business. New features include simplified SIP support, BYOD solutions, and a flexible cloud approach.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.

Verse, IBM next generation e-mail client.

IBM's new enterprise email aims to organize your day. IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.

Cisco crashes the enterprise mobile party with new collaboration app

Cisco will package and deliver enterprise collaboration capabilities via a mobile and Web app built to replicate the ease of use of consumer software but designed for ad hoc, workplace team interaction.

The app, called Project Squared, joins a growing number of "consumerized" enterprise mobile and Web apps built by startups and designed to put a spin on collaboration, messaging, productivity, video conferencing and communications.

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