Unified Communications and Collaboration

Microsoft's Lync plants its flag in Android tablets

Microsoft has released a new version of its Lync client for Android that now works on tablets as well as smartphones, expanding the footprint of its fast-growing unified communications product.

There are already Lync apps for iOS -- iPhone and iPad -- Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

WebRTC in 2014: The State of the Market

Primary research on WebRTC published in a Webtorials State-of-the-Market report that examines who is already using WebRTC-- and who plans to use it in the coming year.  Larry Hettick provided the quantitative insights and qualitative analysis based on input from IT professionals that represent various organizations around the world.   WebRTC is a platform that provides web application developers the ability to write real-time multimedia app

Cisco retires WebEx Social, partners with Jive instead

Cisco has put out to pasture its WebEx Social enterprise social networking (ESN) suite, opting instead to partner with Jive Software.

To Compete With Google, Microsoft Makes Skype Group Chats Free

Microsoft announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.

Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

Open source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has added a spreadsheet function to its open-source, Web-based productivity suite, allowing the online editing and sharing of Microsoft Excel documents.

Microsoft's Lync surging as PBX choice in North America

Microsoft's Lync communications platform is making big gains as the IP PBX of choice, particularly in North America and particularly among larger businesses, Enterprise Connect attendees were told.

Lync ranks 11th worldwide among IP PBX vendors, but comes in No.3 in North America among businesses with more than 100 phone extensions, according to Peter Hale, principal analyst with MZA, speaking at the conference.

Alibaba leads $280M investment in messaging service Tango

Following Facebook's $19 billion deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp, rival messaging app Tango announced a $280 million round of funding Wednesday led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, as the company also surpassed its 200 millionth user.

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

The companies announced on Tuesday that two of their high-ranking executives demonstrated a "proof of concept" of WebEx running on a Chromebook, something that hasn't been possible to date.

Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

Unify plans to offer Project Ansible as a service with connectors to its on-premise OpenScape voice products, starting in October. Unify has set a timetable for the launch of its Project Ansible unified communications product, with beta testing scheduled for May.

ShoreTel Integrates Communications Platforms with Salesforce CRM

ShoreTel announced it has integrated the Salesforce CRM system with ShoreTel’s portfolios.   Integrating the two platforms will offer businesses reporting on the effectiveness of communications and customer interactions. ShoreTel’s “single source view” is designed to provide insights that enable higher productivity and more effective collaboration of sales, thus creating greater customer satisfaction and better business results.

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