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Facebook pushes Messenger as future of business communication

Facebook is positioning its Messenger app as a way to improve communications between online businesses and their customers.

Vonage Grows UcaaS

Vonage has agreed to acquire Simple Signal, a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) provider targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs), for a purchase price of $25.25 million. Simple Signal offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and app services via the BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform-- that same platform used by Vonage.

Social, messaging apps struggle with decision to 'bundle' or 'unbundle'

Some popular social media apps 'unbundle' features left and right, while other services stick to all-encompassing apps with a variety of functionality. Each strategy has its pros and cons, and each makes sense for different types — and different sizes — of companies.

To "bundle" or not to bundle, that is the challenge social media and messaging services wrestle with these days. (Or at least one of the challenges.) The answer is not a simple one because trends change, and what works today may not work as well tomorrow.

Microsoft partners with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom for SMB Office

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft announced deals with AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to bring a full suite of Office apps to SMBs using iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone 10.

What's a consumer Office 365 subscription worth to Microsoft?

As Microsoft has added more consumer subscribers to the rolls of Office 365, the amount of revenue per subscriber has fallen, according to estimates based on the limited information the company releases.

The downward trend in revenue-per-subscriber hints at a significant shift to the less expensive rent-not-own plans available to consumers, such as Office 365 Personal, a $69.99 annual deal that provides one Office license for a personal computer and one license for a tablet.

Digium Launches “Respoke” Platform as a Service

Digium announced the official launch of “Respoke” on their blog today, offering a cloud platform designed to enable communications for web and mobile applications. Respoke provides an API so developers can add live voice, video, messaging, and data services as to other applications; the platform is intended to allow communications feature development in a matter of days.

Slack, Silicon Valley's hottest startup

Slack has a very simple concept that resonates with many: IRC for the enterprise, with hooks between the chat app and just about any external service you can imagine. We already knew it was hot.

Now, thanks to momentum numbers released today -- Slack's first anniversary -- we know just how hot.

Panasonic targets SMBs with Hybrid UC Platform

Panasonic has introduced the KX-NS700, a compact hybrid communications platform optimized for the SMB market. Its features are based on the KX-NS1000 IP Communications Server. Supporting up to 288 extensions with optional expansion units, the unit is designed to help businesses transition to IP in an increasingly mobile and evolving business environment.

Amazon takes on Microsoft, Google with corporate email service

Amazon will launch a corporate email and digital calendar service to rival Outlook and Gmail, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The new service, called WorkMail, is powered by Amazon's cloud-based computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company plans to price WorkMail competitively with Microsoft's Office 365 and Google's business-oriented services, which also include programs like word processing and spreadsheets.

Slack’s New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools

Soon, it will be a lot easier to do voice and video calls within the Slack online collaboration service, aka the “Trojan horse for bigger ideas.”
That’s because Slack, with just under 100 employees, is acquiring Screenhero—a much smaller desktop collaboration company that graduated from the Y Combinator startup incubator just two years ago.

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