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Lync 101

We had a great conversation on Lync on the VUC – it was intended as an introduction for folks that know other VoIP products, but had little direct exposure to Microsoft’s Lync solution. The VUC (Voip Uses Conference) is an…

MS Skype

“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…

Cisco 3000- Upcoming Webinar

Cisco is getting pretty close to releasing its new Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 3000 phone system. This phone system represents a new strategy for Cisco – Simple and Cheap. With power comes complexity – this is fairly evident with the Unified…

InterOp

May is a crazy month for conferences, and it is hard to keep up with the posts. The Interop conference is a shadow of its heyday years, but still a significant event for networking technologies. It used to attract more…

Wilco van Schaik Discusses Sphericall Contact Center 8

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Dave Michels talks with Wilco van Schaik, Business Manager UC&C, NEC Unified Solutions, about Sphericall Contact Center 8.

“Open” Android’s Closed Box Office

Interesting situation developed this week. Android Central reported that Google’s Android App for movie rentals won’t work on rooted phones. This decision by Google, “due to requirements related to copyright protection,” was not received well by the Android community. :…

Skype For Asterisk Was Already Dead!

The big story this week (so far), Skype for Asterisk (SFA) comes to its end. The official notification reads: Skype for Asterisk will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011. Skype for Asterisk was developed by…

The Beginning of the End (of Copper)

More controversy from Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker. Rather than unions though, this time it is telecom cuts. Gov. Walker signed into law today a bill approved by the legislature that removes many telecom regulations, a change sought for years by utilities…

IBM Worth A Billion More than Microsoft

It took 15 years. Last Friday, IBM edged out Microsoft on market cap for the first time since April 1996. Great news for IBM, a company that continues to survive the test of time. Not so good for Microsoft who…

Video is OK, Audio is Where It’s At

Joe Burton has showed up now at Plantronics. For those of you not playing along, Joe defected from Cisco to Polycom last September. This was a fairly high profile move. Not only are Cisco and Polycom video/telepresence competitors, but Joe…

The Sprint and Google Voice Debacle

In a surprising move last March, Sprint Mobile and Google Voice announced a partnership which resulted with mutual endorsement of each other’s services. The surprise came from the fact that the mobile carriers have not really embraced Google Voice. And…

Air Travel Sucks!

Airlines Suck! What happened to air travel? This is normally a telecom blog, so let’s just say this post is pro videoconferencing. I am writing this from an airport will I will be, if all goes well, for a total…

Clarity on Cloudy Voice

Hosted voice is one area of VoIP that’s booming. It isn’t just for SMB any more – enterprises are showing more interest. Nor is it a hobby or experiment for the service providers. It’s pretty clear, hosted is here to…

SIP 2.0 (AKA SIPconnect 1.1)

With surprisingly little fanfare, the SIPForum ratified SIPconnect 1.1. This is one giant leap forward for the SIPForum, and potentially a giant leap forward for SIP trunking. SIP has been, in my opinion, a catastrophe. That may be a bit…

Messenger Kicks Skype’s Ass

In April 2010, Microsoft was readying the launch of Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 and posted on its site a comparison table that clearly shows how Messenger is a far superior service to Skype. Messenger had 21 checkbox features compared…

Multi-Modal Communications 3

In this third and final post to this series, I will take a look at a few enterprise focused examples of multi-modal communications. Companies in this post: Avaya, Fonolo, Gold Systems, Google, Proton Media, Radish Systems, Radvision, Siemens-Enterprise, and Skype,…

Microsoft Should Buy Skype

Update: About 20 hours after this post, The WSJ reported a Microsoft Skype Deal was very likely. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on…

Avaya Makes a Top 20 List

Along with the Fortune 500, comes the list of the biggest losers. Avaya came in 15th place! Meanwhile, its distant sister or mother or something AT&T; came in 2nd place on the most profitable list. Money/CNN on Avaya: Private-equity firms…

It’s a Wrap!

The Aastra User Group conference came to a close today. Thanks Aastra for having me here.  This is my sixth telecom conference this year, but my first User Group. User Groups are great. Much less focus on “solutions” than vendor…

Microsoft’s RIMshot

News today from Blackberry World is Microsoft partners with RIM? “We’re going to invest uniquely into the BlackBerry platform,” Ballmer said. “Bing will become the default search provider in the browser and maps” on BlackBerry devices. What does that mean?…