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Unified Communications and Collaboration

Cisco buys mobile collaboration company

Cisco acquired Collaborate.com, a Boston-based developer of mobile collaboration applications.

Cisco did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition.

Collaborate’s products provide unified document sharing, task management and team communication capabilities that are designed to enable mobile workforces to collaborate on projects. Users can create virtual collaboration rooms where they can chat and share documents, notes, photos and videos, Cisco says.

Le Cloud dans les PME-PMI en France. Un marché de 1,58 milliard d’euros en 2013.

LES SERVICES CLOUD GAGNENT DU TERRAIN DANS LES PME FRANÇAISES

Porté par le dynamisme des offres d’infrastructure hébergée (IaaS), le marché français des services cloud pour les PME devrait, selon le fournisseur américain de solution IT Parallels, peser 1,58 milliard d’euros en 2013.

Que pèse le marché du cloud pour les PME en France ? Parallels l’évalue à 1,58 milliard d’euros sur l’année 2013.

Microsoft cuts the hassle from email encryption with Office 365 upgrade

Microsoft cuts the hassle from email encryption with Office 365 upgrade.

Two big complaints people have had about encrypted email often derail its use outside of a small circle.

Canadian merger to form bigger player in business communications

Size matters in the unified communications business, according to Mitel Networks and Aastra Technologies, two Canadian vendors that plan to merge early next year.

Mitel will pay about $392 million Canadian (US$374 million) for all of Aastra's outstanding shares under a deal approved by both boards of directors, the companies announced Monday. The transaction is subject to regulatory and other approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.

Microsoft adds real-time joint editing to Office Web Apps

Office Web Apps, the browser-based, pared-down version of the Microsoft suite, now lets people co-edit documents in real time, a capability its main rival Google Docs has had for more than two years.

Until now, people could jointly edit Office Web Apps documents but changes had to be saved for other collaborators to see them. With the new live co-authoring feature, colleagues will see each other's modifications as they're made.

Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals

When Google Apps arrived in 2006, it stood on the cutting edge of Web-hosted email and collaboration suites for businesses, a bold pioneer clearing a path in the new, wild frontier of enterprise cloud computing.

Seven years later, complacency has diluted that innovative spirit, and Google Apps now trails competing suites from IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft in areas like enterprise social networking (ESN) and unified communications (UC).

Jive sharpens social collaboration suite's expertise directory, task management

Jive revamped the employee directory of its enterprise social-networking suite to make it easier for users to find colleagues whose expertise they can tap.

The suite's Social Directory component, designed to hold detailed profiles, now lets people endorse each other, a new feature Jive feels will make even more evident the skills and expertise of employees.

"It's hard to find people to get work done," said Nathan Rawlins, Jive's vice president of product marketing.

Cisco beefs up enterprise collaboration tools

Cisco will boost its enterprise collaboration stack with products designed to simplify the way companies secure communications, interact with external parties and manage their collaboration tools.

The new wares, which will be announced on Wednesday at the company's annual Collaboration Summit, signal a renewed push from Cisco in this market, where it battles rivals like Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens and Citrix.

Polycom: Survey Shows Video Conferencing is Essential Team Collaboration Tool

Polycom has released research results revealing that 96% of business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams.

Respondents who use video conferencing today rated video’s top advantages as:

Avaya cozies up to developers

Avaya is making it easier to drop its unified communications capabilities into business applications, removing a layer of complexity that may be holding developers back from writing communications-enabled apps for businesses.

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