Unified Communications and Collaboration

Red Cross offers Office 365 to its units worldwide to improve communications

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) now offers its more than 180 National Societies the option to adopt Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based suite of email, collaboration and productivity software.

The IFRC's decision to make Office 365 available to its in-country organizations is part of its effort to help those of them which have fallen behind in technology -- estimated at more than a third of all National Societies.

Orange Business Services, Polycom et LifeSize intègrent Lync 2013 dans leurs offres

Orange Business Services, Polycom et LifeSize ont profité de la première conférence Lync de Microsoft, du 19 au 21 février à San Diego, pour annoncer l’intégration de la dernière version de la solution de communication et collaboration unifiée (UCC) de Redmond dans leurs offres.

GENBAND partners with Samsung

Following its recently announced "Making Networks Smarter" vision and its NUViA cloud services launch, GENBAND is in the headlines again with a new unified communications alliance formed between GENBAND and Samsung Mobile. The two companies are partnering to offer an "Office on the Go" solution on Samsung Mobile's SAFE devices.

Microsoft to begin connecting Skype and Lync by June 2013

Microsoft provided an updated road map for its Lync unified-communications platform today, the opening day of the company's first Lync Conference in San Diego.

GENBAND unveils strategy and new cloud offer

The company has unveiled a three-pronged strategy aligned with its "Making Networks Smarter" vision. In related product news, GENBAND has launched NUViA, a cloud offering that offers unified communications and rich communications services for service providers and partners to brand.

RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential

There are different consumer services that don't use the term "UC," but offer many of the same capabilities. They include Skype, Facebook, Foursquare and Google+, which is the most business-oriented. These services offer functions such as presence, chat and email tied to what in most cases is essentially a social networking platform.

Dropbox releases sync API for iOS and Android


Dropbox has announced a new synchronisation API for iOS and Android-powered devices that it said will offer developers a new code library to help them better focus on creating mobile apps.

The new API is available today on Dropbox's developer's site.

Forrester: SharePoint faces challenging future


Despite strong support from IT pros, SharePoint faces increased skepticism from business leaders and it's unclear whether the collaboration product will deliver cloud, social, and mobile advancements needed for future growth.

Those are some of the findings from a new Forrester Research study published on Tuesday titled "SharePoint Enters Its Awkward Teenage Years."

BroadSoft survey shows increased user demand for mobile UC


BroadSoft has just released survey results that substantiate users' increasing demand for mobile unified communications. The results also highlight an opportunity for mobile network operators to more quickly monetize their LTE network investments by delivering mobile UC to workers. The survey was conducted in late 2012 with responses from more than 700 business people from the United States, Spain and Sweden.

When it comes to VoIP and unified communications, are you sacrificing security for cost savings?

If you were to ask most IT professionals to connect CRM or ERP applications to an external IP network without some form of network security, they would look at you as if you had lost your mind. Even the most basic cloud-based business applications integrate security to help ensure the integrity of data and continuity of the service. Yet many organizations today are deploying business critical IP-based voice and video communications without applying standard corporate security policies.

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