Unified Communications and Collaboration

Microsoft Pushes Its Way Into Crowded Unified Communications Market

The Lync unified communications (UC) server belongs to that long list of Microsoft enterprise software products that began as a modest offering dismissed by competitors and years later evolved into a solid option for IT departments.

Largely dismissed as a nonthreat by competitors when it first arrived in 2003 with the name Office Communicator, Lync today has positioned itself as a product that demands attention from enterprises looking to upgrade or adopt a UC platform.

Six alternative tools for small business collaboration

For small businesses today, there's nothing that can't be done in the cloud. You could plunk down your cash for Basecamp, Yammer, and Google Docs like everyone else, but alternatives to these stalwarts abound. For something that does more, costs less--or both--check out these six Web-based tools, categorized based on their primary functionality.

General collaboration: Podio

LiveMinutes: plateforme de gestion de projet collaborative.


LiveMinutes, entreprise basée à San Francisco et créée par des Français, a bouclé un tour de table de 1,4 million de dollars qui lui permettra de développer des partenariats autour de sa nouvelle plateforme de gestion de projet collaborative.

Telligent has acquired Zimbra from VMware

Telligent has acquired Zimbra from VMware in order to give its enterprise social networking suite an enterprise email and calendaring component.

For Zimbra, it's the second time it's been sold since 2010, when VMware acquired it from Yahoo. Zimbra was an independent company when Yahoo bought it in 2007 for $350 million.

KEYYO: box entreprise pour les PME.

Sur fond de débat sur un marché des télécoms d’entreprise considéré comme « verrouillé » en raison d’une présumée position dominante d’Orange, Keyyo tente de répondre par l’innovation et la différenciation de services.

HP to resell Google Apps

Hewlett-Packard announces its entry into the Google Apps Reseller program as it cozies up to Google in business. Hewlett-Packard is now a Google Apps reseller, as it continues to lean more on Google-related products and tries to make itself more relevant in the age of the mobile device. Those mobile devices now include the Google-software-based HP SlateBook x2, HP Chromebook, and HP Slate 7.

Alcatel-Lucent: personal cloud.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise a attiré l’attention des clients sur la convergence des réseaux télécoms associée à l’essor des services cloud. Ou comment façonner cette transformation dans un univers multi-partites, multi-médias et multi-devices…

SFR: Pack Business Entrepreneurs pour les TPE

La division solutions IT pour entreprises de SFR étoffe son catalogue d’offres à destination des TPE avec le Pack Business Entrepreneurs, qui combine services télécoms et cloud sous l’angle des communications unifiées.

Avaya unveils plans to transform collaboration development

Avaya has concluded its annual International Avaya User's Group (IAUG) event, and one of the most noteworthy announcements was the company's strategic vision to transform its approach to collaboration. The company's strategy calls to accelerate development and integration of next-generation unified communications and contact center applications.

The 5 best alternative video chat apps--all completely free

Regular phone calls are over--these days, it's all about video chatting. If you've got a smartphone, you're likely holding a video-chatting machine (in all its forward-facing 1.3 megapixel glory). And regardless of what OS your smartphone is running, it likely came with some built-in video chatting software. But what if you want to, I don't know... call someone on a different platform? Or what if you need to chat with your entire rugby team at once? Facetime only works on iOS, and Google Hangouts only supports 10 chatters at one time.

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