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EC15 Keynotes Microsoft

In this four part series, I will examine each of the keynote presentations at Enterprise Connect 2015. Sorry about the delay, but I took spring break off with the family. The keynotes, in order of delivery, were: Rowan Trollope of…

What to UC in 2015

2015 is off to a bold start. Here’s a handy guide for some of the drama to watch for this year. ALUE ALU who? With regards to ALUE, most of us fell asleep while its parent worked to unload it….

Wake Me For Windows 11

The last Apple product I bought was a classic iPod. I don’t buy into iOS, but I certainly do respect Apple. Many believe this act of defiance makes me a Microsoft fan. I do buy their products, but respect is…

Starting A Video Call On-Time

I do prefer video conferencing over audio-only meetings, and I find myself increasingly annoyed with audio-only forums. The audio-only call remains popular, but the excuses are getting weaker, like bad hair day. However there is one frequent complaint that actually…

Split-Up or Shut-Up

In a recent interview, investor superstar Marc Andreessen told Bloomberg’s Emily Chang at the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference on Wednesday.  that if a technology company is more than 20 years old, then “they’ll probably benefit from being broken up, and many of them…

Lync, Skype, and IM

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…

MS a UC SP?

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….

MS Lync Update

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…

Cisco Pulls a Rabbit out of its WebRTC Hat

Pigs must be flying because H.264 is free. What? No pigs flying? Hmmm – maybe this isn’t free. Cisco, in a bold attempt to end the WebRTC codec debate, has done the impossible. Cisco is offering an Open H.264 for…

Forbes is Right – So What

Forbes published a tirade on Microsoft on Jan 2 titled Microsoft is Fast Turning Into a Sideshow. Roger Kay makes some compelling points that Microsoft is not as influential as it once was, and that it has missed or blown…

The Two Sides of Microsoft

I am not a fan of Apple, so many people assume that I am a Microsoft fan. Actually, I’m not really a fan type. Call me paranoid, but I’m convinced all these companies just want my money and don’t really…

One API Closes and Another Opens

Microsoft is closing its desktop client API. I see this as the positioning of Skype as a WebRTC alternative. I outlined this in more detail in Is Skype a WebRTC Killer. The revelation for me is that through Skype’s URI…

Microsoft and Me

Regarding desktops, tablets, and smartphones – I am considering going pure Microsoft. That will mean two new mobile devices, and then switching to IE and Office 365. I will lose apps on my mobile devices and hinder my path to…

Giants Competing

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…

Connecting With the Plantronics MDA200

Guest Post: by Larry Riba Plantronics MDA200 Lets Enterprises Reduce Headset Costs And Increase User Convenience By Sharing A Single USB Headset Between PCs and Legacy Phones Headsets are a critical part of successful UC deployments, but since not all…

Two Different Pictures

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…

A Merry UC Christmas

Dear Santa, It’s been a while since I have written to you.  I know you are busy filling the wish lists of deserving children everywhere, but this year the telecom industry needs you more than they do. You see businesses…

Lync Now Under Skype

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…

It’s Busy Out There! UC Summer 2012

It’s been tough! Recessions, wars, scandals, and natural disasters collaborating to keep wallets closed. A lot of the UC sector was forced into hibernation mode, but the frost appears to be melting. The summer months are normally a bit quiet,…

Listening in on Skype Calls

It has long since been assumed that Skype was among the safest way to have an illegal conversation. In addition to the fact that Federal wiretapping laws didn’t apply to Skype and other Internet services, Skype’s P2P and SuperNode architecture…