Voice over IP, IP telephony, Hosted IP Telephony

Now snom Does IP PBXs: One is Free

Snom technology, definitely one of the most recognized international names in business IP desktop phones, has released snom ONE: a new family of IP PBX systems that runs on standard servers. The design concept is based on simplicity and affordability, thereby enabling even small SMBs to employ an advanced IP PBX system along with snom's suite of IP desktop and wireless DECT phones.

Videoconferencing: Step Up From Skype

In business computing, some revolutions occur faster than others. After years of promise, videoconferencing has finally become useful for small businesses, offering long-distance collaboration without the need to travel.

Many people get their first taste of videoconferencing through Skype or one of many video-enabled instant messaging systems, and for internal or informal purposes such services may be all a company needs.

Cisco Umi brings HD telepresence to the living room

The Umi service requires that you supply your own high-definition TV.

(Credit: Cisco Systems)
Cisco Systems unveiled Cisco Umi today, its consumer-focused telepresence offering that lets people connect to each other using videoconferencing on their HD television in their living rooms.

Business VoIP Not Slowing Down - Revenue up 8% in 1H10

Aastra to Demonstrate Microsoft Lync-Compatible Phones

Aastra will be demonstrating its 6725ip and 6721ip phones, which are optimized for Microsoft Lync, at the INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) in Los Angeles.

Officials with Aastra said that 6721ip and 6725ip phones deliver exceptional quality and value while tightly integrating with Microsoft Lync, making them powerful unified communications devices.

Company officials said that these phones can operate independently from a PC, so they can be easily and widely deployed.

Avaya working with Skype to slash call costs

Avaya and Skype are teaming up to give businesses low-cost communications options that can be managed through corporate telecommunications infrastructure.

In Phase 1 of the relationship, Avaya products will support Skype Connect, which is Skype's platform to send and receive Skype calls through SIP-based corporate IP PBXs. The service can make for lower 800-number bills as well as enable click-to-call buttons on corporate Web pages.

Facebook, Skype planning deep integration

You didn't think Facebook would integrate with Google Voice, did you?

Actually, according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat, and Facebook Connect.

Cisco updates small-business switches, phones, cameras

Cisco is updating parts of its product line for small businesses, a world where IT needs have grown up over the past few years.

Microsoft previews Lync, overhaul of communication server

Lync lets users access email, calendar, documents, and other data from Office 2010, Exchange 2010, and SharePoint 2010

Microsoft has released a nearly completed preview version of its next-generation communications server and associated software, which the company has collectively renamed as Lync.

This release candidate will be the final developmental release before the full release of the finished product, expected by the end of the year.

5 Ways to Use Technology to Save your SMB Money

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