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Lync, Skype, and IM

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I can’t recall when I started using Skype – probably around 2007. It’s incredibly useful – at least it was. I’ve begun removing contacts from Skype because their presence indication is always green/available. Presence is one of the key features...

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MS a UC SP?

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Every premises-based vendor eventually needs to make a decision on its cloud strategy. Enable others to become UCaaS providers, become a UCaaS provider, or both. 1) Enable Providers: This is the popular and easiest option. Cisco, Avaya, ALU, and Unify all pursue this strategy....

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MS Lync Update

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Last week was LyncConf14, in Las Vegas. I’ve been composing my thoughts in my first Wainhouse research note, but wanted to share a few things here. Impressed. My trip summary is: Resistance is Futile. Lync and Skype are no longer...

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Giants Competing

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For the past several months, the UC conversation shifted toward a Microsoft v. Cisco debate. Cisco enjoys a market share lead over Microsoft in UC, but Lync is experiencing rapid growth. Microsoft has its sights on dethroning Cisco. Personally, I...

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Two Different Pictures

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A few months ago, highly respected and legendary prognosticator Elliott Gold predicted that Vidyo would pass Polycom. At the time it didn’t seem particularly reasonable. But as Elliot says “the trend is clear.” My reservations with his prediction were that...

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Lync Now Under Skype

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Sometime last month Microsoft moved Lync to the Skype division. The motivations and reactions to this change have been largely private. There was no formal public announcement, but the news has been spreading. Officially, Microsoft stated to me that “This...

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BT Offers Lync Pilot

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On NoJitter, I recently attempted to explain Lync licensing (Lync Licensing: Effective Confusion). I recently completed a 40+ page report “summarizing” Lync licensing for a major research and analyst firm. The bottom line is Lync licensing is complex, but partially...

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HP UC

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Is HP a UC player? And if so, “Player” as in vendor or poser? The hot part of UC right now is mobility – and HP doesn’t seem to be in that space. Although that could still change. I’ve written...

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Snom Wants More

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Snom is one of the new companies. Founded in 1996 in Germany it quickly established itself as a quality manufacturer of SIP phones. The market for SIP endpoints continues to grow; as does Snom’s portfolio. This year, Snom has made...

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