Unified Communications and Collaboration
According to the survey, conducted by analyst firm MobileSQUARED on behalf of BroadSoft, about three-quarters of mobile operators surveyed globally are currently deploying, trialing or planning to deploy LTE. LTE is a 4G wireless technology developed by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to deliver mobile broadband services with potential for 100Mbps downstream and 30Mbps upstream, with even faster speeds possible.
The constant evolution of Google Apps means there's never a shortage of updates to its suite of productivity tools. The last month was no exception, either: Among its many tweaks and new components are five updates that stand out from the rest.
1. Gmail's People Widget
Gmail's new People Widget does a few things to help keep you organized. First, it aggregates contextual information about your contacts that is already available to you, but might be hard to find.
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.
IBM improves Sametime platform
IBM recently released enhancements to its IBM Sametime platform with improvements that deliver native and third-party audio and video conferencing in browser-based meetings, and extend unified communications to new mobile devices.
Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype could profoundly influence a set of collaboration and conferencing technologies called Unified Communications (UC) that have taken years to catch on, analysts said Thursday.
The deal, announced, would likely benefit Microsoft by connecting Skype's free, mostly consumer-grade, Internet voice and video service -- used by millions worldwide -- with Microsoft's own Lync UC product for delivering enterprise-grade audio, video, chat and Web conferencing, analysts said.
The communications market has, for the past half-decade, gone through a product-focus metamorphosis of sorts, with an increasing number of vendors looking to capitalize on the vast SMB market – one that was largely ignored for a long time in favor of the enterprise market. In some ways, it made sense: one enterprise sale could be the equivalent of hundreds of SMB installations. The fact, though, is there are a limited number of those large enterprise customers and a seemingly endless supply of SMBs looking for similar capabilities at an affordable price point.
ShoreTel, the provider of simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), released ShoreTel 12, the latest version of its UC software. Through a single hardware appliance and distributed software architecture, ShoreTel 12 provides a full-featured collaborative UC solution with plug-and-play set-up and simplified management capabilities to streamline and enhance business communications for companies of all sizes.
Mitel, a provider of unified communications and collaboration software solutions, has announced significant changes to its business strategy.
As part of the growth plans, Mitel will simplify its organizational structure, focus on research and development investment for the mid market, and realign sales and channel in the U.S.
Mitel has announced the general availability of its Unified Communicator (UC) Advanced software for devices that run on Google's highly popular Android mobile operating system.
By bringing unified communications capabilities to the Android platform, Mitel is enabling IT managers to respond to the burgeoning Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend, where employees utilize their personal mobile gadgets for business-related tasks.
Mitel has launched 5.0 of the Mitel 5000 Communications Platform (CP), which is designed for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with up to 250 users.
Version 5.0 delivers enhanced mobility support, increased ease-of-use for the end user, and simplified, centralized management for IT.
Mitel notes a recent Frost & Sullivan survey of businesses on enterprise communications, which revealed more than 50 percent use a mobile extension capability within their company.
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