Quipz Recap for September

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Quipz provides short-take opinions on enterprise communications news each month. There’s a lot that happens in this industry. You can download the recap for September 2017 here.

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In this issue:

Microsoft on a Partnership Roll: Microsoft keeps extending its ecosystem. Here’s three new interesting partnerships.

IBM and Zoho Jump into Messaging: Two new Team Chat apps made generally available in September. 

Slack Frontiers: What we learned from Slack’s first customer event.

SoftBank Invests in Slack: Looks like Butterfield was wrong about Microsoft.

It’s Virtually Cisco Spark: Cisco launches a virtual Spark room and it just might turn into something real. 

Atlassian Stride: Too much too late? Atlassian finally updates HipChat into a new app.

Real-Time Goes Async: It’s not just the big vendors. Talkdesk and Ten Digit Communications too.

DoNotPay Bot: Chatbots can be useful for fighting bots and Equifax.

It’s All Connected: Plantronics and Nectar have created an “ear-to-ear” diagnostic solution.

Gartner’s UCaaS MQ: Gartner published its annual Magic Quadrant UCaaS report. Unfortunately, this MQ just isn’t that useful due to its “inclusion criteria.”

Avaya Equinox Meetings: Avaya enters the wholesale conferencing business.

A Big Breach of Trust: BroadSoft has its Equifax moment.

Zello, Over: The storm washed in Walkie-Talkie apps.

Climate Change and Comms: Climate change, longer commutes, and UC.

Amazon Text Notification: Amazon causes a stir for Twilio and Vonage, but may actually be more validation.

Twilio Launches Studio: Why narrow your market to developers when there’s so many more that can’t code?

IDC Studies Cloud Adoption: IDC claims irrefutable evidence that UCaaS + CPaaS = effective communications.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions: Gartner released its new Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions in September. 

Skype Room Systems Expand: Several improvements and additions to the Skype Room System ecosystem from Logitech, Lenovo, and Polycom.

Zoomtopia: Several announcements from the first Zoom User Conference. 

Dos Trios: One Trio improved and another new, plus a new Voxbox from Polycom.

Genesys and PureCloud: PureCloud update.

Vidyo and NICE: Vidyo enlarges video with contact centers.

Enghouse CC for O365: Enghouse Interactive announced a new contact center offer for SfB Server and SfB Online. 

Face Recognition: Facial recognition is about to forever change security, surveillance, and advertising. 

Google Closing Android? It is rare for a market leader to be open source. 

Apple Sours: Thoughts on Apple’s new phones and loss of stature. 

MS and Facebook are Wired: Microsoft and Facebook complete MAREA.

London Calling: Vonage opened a new European HQ in London.

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