Voice over IP, IP telephony, Hosted IP Telephony

Microsoft preps Lync 2010 as unified communications juggernaut

You may not have noticed, but Microsoft is making a strong play for a lucrative piece of the unified communications (UC) pie with Microsoft Lync 2010, its next-generation Office Communications Server. Backed by an small army of hardware vendors rolling out assorted gear optimized for Lync, and with intriguing plans to moving its multicommunication offering to the cloud in 2011, Redmond may have a winning UC recipe -- and the potential to become a major player in the coveted low-cost VoIP and videoconferencing market.

Microsoft's Lync fills gaps in VoIP

Despite the name change and hype around its dramatic release candidate and RTM version, the net significance of Microsoft's Lync 2010 release is that it brings the company's unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform up to par in some areas with competitors – though it doesn't slingshot past them, experts say.

Microsoft Lync: Take to the cloud or keep it in-house?

Microsoft's overhauled unified communications platform -- Lync -- will soon hit the market, and customers will eventually have the option of running the software in-house or on Microsoft's cloud network.

Avaya IP Office v6.1 Launches

Avaya, Inc. today released Avaya IP Office Release 6.1. Avaya IP Office is the company’s flagship communications solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new version delivers a host of business collaboration and customer service enhancements that can improve ease-of-use and worker productivity for SMB workers, while introducing significant new efficiencies for businesses. I had a conference call and demo with Avaya executives to find out what would be in the latest version of IP Office.

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UC Infrastructure Market Expected to Reach $4.8 Billion by 2015

VoIP technologies are part of enterprise communications products and services that include fixed mobile convergence (FMC), contact center, IP/TDM PBX , messaging, and conferencing and collaboration. And, enterprises are ramping up their investments in VoIP technologies, both on customer premises equipment and hosted VoIP, according to new data from ABI Research.

Xorcom Introduces New and Improved Asterisk-based VoIP PBX System for Small Businesses

With the widespread adoption of open source software, Asterisk-based solutions have become a staple of the ever-evolving telecommunications space. Businesses of all sizes have recently begun employing these solutions to lower operating costs as well as improve flexibility and reliability.

VoIP services losing ground

VoIP service growth is stagnant to declining; annual VoIP market share growth for the cable companies has slowed to single digits while traditional voice services from telcos continue with double-digit losses

UC Suites Market on Course to Make $4.8 Billion by 2015

The integrated unified communications (UC) suites market, which was adversely affected by the economic recession in the West, is now on track to make revenue of $4.8 billion by 2015, said market research firm ABI Research.

Enterprises are ramping up their investments in VoIP technologies, both on customer premises equipment and hosted VoIP.

Swyx Acclaimed Leader in Desktop IP Telephony for SMBs in Germany

MZA , a leading telecom and IT analyst firm delivering insight and analysis into past and future trends within the communications market place, confirmed, in a current study, that Swyx, a market-leading vendor of unified communications for SMBs, remains the German market leader in the area of desktop IP telephony for organizations with 11 to 50 users.

Digium Unveils Asterisk SCF to Simplify Complex Communications Systems

Digium, Inc., which is known for its open source communications software, introduced today its Asterisk Scalable Communications Framework (SCF), which will give developers the ability to create real-time communications applications that include voice, video and text, in order to meet the demands of a wide range of uses.

Asterisk SCF was built to supply the highest levels of availability, scalability, extensibility, tolerance to fault, and performance, according to company officials.

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