Unified Communications and Collaboration

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.

Microsoft sketches ambitious enhancements for Office 365

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 pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

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.

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.

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