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WebRTC hammers out compromise on video codec standards

Proponents of WebRTC, the Web standard for real-time communications via browsers, are clearing a long-standing hurdle the effort has faced, with the choice of two different video codecs.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.

Digium Now Offers Cloud-based SIP Trunks

Two announcements in the news today from Digium:

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering $540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

Mitel and ShoreTel sell enterprise phone systems and unified communications software and services. Mitel says the industry is consolidating and it wants to be a consolidator. In January, Mitel completed its acquisition of Aastra, another Canadian communications company.

BroadSoft Introduces BroadSoft Labs, New UC Features

BroadSoft introduced Broadsoft Labs, unified communications portfolio enhancements, and a new corporate identity at its annual user conference earlier this week.

Acer expands into telephony networking equipment

For a company once devoted to consumer PCs, the product is a bit out of left field, but Acer announced an upcoming telephony and chatting system meant for enterprises, at a time when the company is diversifying its business.

Ericsson releases WebRTC browser and framework as open source

Ericsson is resurrecting its WebRTC-based browser, Bowser, to help spark the development of more websites and apps that embrace voice, video and messaging features. The browser has been resurrected at least in part to make up for Apple's apparent disinterest in the technology.

WebRTC (Real-Time Communications) is a technology designed to help developers add real-time communications features to Web browsers and apps via JavaScript APIs.

Siemens' Unify to cut staff in half

Unify, a joint venture between Siemens and the Gores Group, will cut 50 percent of its staff and refocus its product roster away from hardware, following a shift in the overall unified communications market toward software and cloud services.

The company, which is announced the massive restructuring on Monday, and said it would also boost its channel strategy to work better with reseller partners.

Cisco launches all-in-one desktop comms devices to declutter desks

US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.

The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.  

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