Unified Communications and Collaboration
Microsoft didn't disappoint with the new and improved capabilities it announced and demonstrated for Office 365 this week, but how well they work in the real world remains to be seen.
At its SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft laid out its vision for making Office 365 a more intelligent collaboration suite via new social interactions, APIs (application programming interfaces) and machine learning capabilities.
Microsoft will demonstrate how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network. The new integration will be shown at the Lync Conference, in Las Vegas and will be attended by almost 2,000 customers and partners, according to Microsoft.
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 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.
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’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.
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.
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 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.
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.