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Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Japan's Rakuten, the e-commerce giant, will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, highlighting its moves to penetrate new markets.

Rakuten's purchase of the messaging and VoIP company follows its acquisitions of Canada's e-book platform Kobo, Spanish video service Wuaki.tv, and Viki, a digital content platform.

Polycom Strengthens Microsoft Partnership, Now with 40+ Interoperable Solutions

Polycom expanded its ongoing partnership with Microsoft to include the new Polycom CX8000 room system, integrating an HD video conferencing system with Microsoft Lync. The Polycom CX8000 solution also includes presence, contact search, instant messaging, HD audio, virtual white boarding, touch display-powered presentations, application sharing, and shared document editing.

Ericsson readies mobile unified communications push

Enterprises will in the future get hosted unified communication services via mobile networks, according to telecom vendor Ericsson, which has developed the underlying platform to make that possible.

ShoreTel has updated its software to enable a mix and match of dedicated and virtual UC options.

ShoreTel’s latest release, ShoreTel 14.2 offers greater flexibility for customers with the ability to mix and match hardware-based and virtual appliances in a single network, offering the potential for savings based on network requirements.

IBM to consolidate communication and collaboration wares into Connections suite

Connections' scope will extend beyond enterprise social networking to include email, productivity apps, and video conferencing. IBM will house its email, communication, and collaboration products in its Connections suite, whose scope until now has been limited to ESN (enterprise social networking) software.

This means that the Connections bundle will include the Notes/Domino email platform, Docs office productivity apps and Sametime tools for IM, audio/video communications and Web meetings.

Solution "cloud" de communications unifiées: Aastra achète Telepo.

Aastra annonce le rachat de Telepo, fournisseur suédois de Business Communication Solution d’un nom d’une solution de communication unifiée via le cloud.

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.

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