Unified Communications and Collaboration

Gartner Tells IT Executives How to Enable Enterprise Collaboration

Collaboration is the essence of teamwork and probably the most important reason businesses build teams in the first place. Ironically, however, many companies struggle to embrace and enable collaboration among today's digital workforce?

Analysts, CIOs and other IT executives at Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit last week discussed why businesses are failing to meet this challenge and offered advice on how to develop a more enriched digital workforce.

Microsoft reveals new Office features available only in the cloud

Microsoft showed off new Office features at TechEd 2014, but some of them will never be available to customers who don't embrace the cloud version of the software suite, Office 365, and the company will take its time bringing others to market for Office Server users.

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.

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