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Unified Communications and Collaboration

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.

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).

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