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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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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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New iPad App: A Phone

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This week HookFlash made a splash at Demo. To be initially made available on the iPad, and coming soon to Android, desktops, and other devices. Hookflash uses a new Pat Pending Open Peer technology for social communications. Hookflash Brings Business-Class...

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Skype’s Big Shoes

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Has anyone else noticed the recent shift in conversation about Skype? For the past several years, Skype was the darling of the technorati. Disruptive, visionary, cool. But recently, and not just because of Microsoft, the conversation shifted from ‘Skype is great’...

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MS Skype

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“MS Skype” Does that sound weird to anyone else? The MS Skype thing is big for a lot of reasons. One obvious BIG reason is the valuation – $8.5 BILLION for a company that is losing money and the vast...

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Skype’s Evolution

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Skype seems unstoppable. About to cross the threshold of 30 million concurrent users, a multi carrier/device mobile strategy, an enterprise focus, a consumer home TV focus, and now the re-launch of Skype To Go. Super cheap, super universal, super efficient...

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Hosted Voice

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Hosted Voice is a fascinating space and it is just getting started. Hosted voice, enabled by VoIP, started around 2005. The most well known pioneer was Vonage – but that was more conceptual in that the were always consumer focused....

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Astricon

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Astricon is coming up next month. I attended last year and am excited about attending this year. The open source nature of Asterisk results with more developers working on it than any other telecom solution. As a result, going to...

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