Voice over IP, IP telephony, Hosted IP Telephony

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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Skype launches Skype Connect for businesses

Skype has launched a Session Initiation Protocol-based voice service for businesses that integrates free and low-cost calling into corporate IP PBXs, providing an opportunity to add voice features to corporate Web sites and to cut back on some phone expenses.

SIP Trunking Gaining on T1 Lines as Companies Seek Efficiency

When it comes to selecting a SIP trunking service provider, the most important criterion is reliability – not cost – according to a recent report from Infonetics Research. The report looks at users’ PBX Systems’ infrastructure and deployment plans for SIP trunking services, and shows that SIP trunk use is growing.

eZuce announces open source UC solution

Positioning itself as a start-up, eZuce has launched a software-based, open source unified communications solution targeting enterprises with 200 to 10,000 users. Industry veterans and creators of SIPfoundry, Dr. Martin Steinmann and Jerry Stabile, are company co-founders.

Fonality Doubles Customer Sales in First Half of 2010

Fonality, a provider of cloud-based business phone solutions and contact center solutions for growing businesses, has announced the company’s customer sales in the first half of 2010 have more than doubled compared to the prior year.

Google testing voice calling in Gmail

Google could soon launch a voice-calling feature within Google Chat that resembles the user interface used in Google Voice.

Google could be ready to turn Gmail into a communications hub by adding the ability to make phone calls from the Google Chat interface.

LG-Ericsson, Accton team up on data, voice solutions

LG-Ericsson USA was launched earlier this week as a joint venture between Korea-based LG-Ericsson and Taiwan-based Accton Technology Corporation. The company will develop and deliver data and voice communications solutions to North American SMBs and enterprise businesses that include IP PBX systems, digital, IP, Wi-Fi, SIP, soft phones, multimedia terminals, and "fully managed and unmanaged switches with a robust network management services and unified device manager platform to provide easy management," according to company statements.

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