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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).

Jive sharpens social collaboration suite's expertise directory, task management

Jive revamped the employee directory of its enterprise social-networking suite to make it easier for users to find colleagues whose expertise they can tap.

The suite's Social Directory component, designed to hold detailed profiles, now lets people endorse each other, a new feature Jive feels will make even more evident the skills and expertise of employees.

"It's hard to find people to get work done," said Nathan Rawlins, Jive's vice president of product marketing.

Cisco beefs up enterprise collaboration tools

Cisco will boost its enterprise collaboration stack with products designed to simplify the way companies secure communications, interact with external parties and manage their collaboration tools.

The new wares, which will be announced on Wednesday at the company's annual Collaboration Summit, signal a renewed push from Cisco in this market, where it battles rivals like Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens and Citrix.

Polycom: Survey Shows Video Conferencing is Essential Team Collaboration Tool

Polycom has released research results revealing that 96% of business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams.

Respondents who use video conferencing today rated video’s top advantages as:

Avaya cozies up to developers

Avaya is making it easier to drop its unified communications capabilities into business applications, removing a layer of complexity that may be holding developers back from writing communications-enabled apps for businesses.

Siemens Enterprise changes its name to Unify

Siemens Enterprise Communications has changed its name to Unify and now hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in hosted unified communications.

The rebranding comes at time when the way enterprises communicate is changing. Thanks to trends such as bring-your-own-device, employees are no longer tied to a desk and a desk phone for their work.

Google relaxes access controls to Apps documents

Adding convenience possibly at the expense of security, Google will now let people without a Google Account view documents stored in its Apps cloud suite.

The move is meant to simplify how Apps customers share files with outsiders.

Until now, Apps customers could only grant document access to users with a Google Account. People who didn't have an account or who weren't logged in to their account couldn't get into the documents even when invited to do so via an emailed link from an Apps user.

Oracle Launches WebRTC Controller

Oracle unveiled a WebRTC Session Controller designed to meet the needs of both the enterprise and service providers. The solution is the first combined offering following Oracle’s acquisition of Acme Packet. The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller is built on technology from the Oracle Communications Converged Application Server and Oracle’s Acme Packet Net-Net Session Director.

Improving SMBs With UC

Different businesses today operate utilizing various IT service models.  The best systems build a communication and data access structure that allows organizations to experience improved interactions amongst employees within the company, as well as with their customers and other clients. With the impact brought about by these delivery models, all areas in business operations undergo a huge positive turnaround.

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