Unified Communications - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2001 en Microsoft finally rolls out Skype-Outlook.com integration to all users http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/microsoft-finally-rolls-out-skype-outlookcom-integration-all-users-237633?source=rss_unified_communications <p>After testing a preview version of the Outlook.com-Skype integration for almost a year in some markets, Microsoft has now made it generally available to all users.</p> <p>The link lets users of the Outlook.com webmail service communicate with their Skype contacts via video and audio calls from within their email interface.</p> <p><strong>[ For a quick, smart take on the news you'll be talking about, check out <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/newsletters/subscribe?showlist=infoworld_techbrief&amp;source=ifwelg_fssr">InfoWorld TechBrief</a> -- subscribe today. ]</strong></p> Applications Email Software Applications Unified Communications Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:22:32 +0000 admin 237633 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration http://www.infoworld.com/t/collaboration-software/microsoft-pushes-ahead-skype-lync-integration-236571?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Microsoft will demonstrate on Tuesday how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network.</p> <p>The new integration will be shown at the Lync Conference, which runs through Thursday in Las Vegas and will be attended by almost 2,000 customers and partners, according to Microsoft.</p> Microsoft Skype Collaboration Software Instant Messaging Unified Communications Video Conferencing Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:35:32 +0000 admin 236571 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft simplifies volume licensing for businesses http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/microsoft-simplifies-volume-licensing-businesses-231908?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Midsize companies should get ready this month as Microsoft introduces a new purchasing scheme that changes the way it deals with its volume licensing customers.</p> <p>The company says the purpose of the new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is to make buying and managing volume licenses easier, according to a <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/volume-licensing/archive/2013/11/15/transformation-on-the-horizon-for-microsoft-volume-licensing.aspx" target="_blank">blog</a> by Richard Smith, the general manager of Microsoft's World Wide Licensing &amp; Pricing.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Microsoft Microsoft Windows Managed Services Applications Unified Communications Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:28:45 +0000 admin 231908 at http://www.infoworld.com Startup's cloud service beats NSA-style snooping http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/startups-cloud-service-beats-nsa-style-snooping-230327?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Messaging luminary David Gurle has launched Perzo, a new free-to-use cloud communications and collaboration system he believes will appeal to consumers and business users looking to beat surveillance with high levels of security and confidentiality.</p> <p>Gurle's career has been defined by his work on messaging systems including for Thompson Reuters and as the founder of Microsoft's Real Time Communications division that worked on Windows Messenger and Exchange IM. He eventually served as Skype's VP and general manager.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Security Email Software Encryption Startups Instant Messaging Unified Communications Web Applications Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:00:40 +0000 admin 230327 at http://www.infoworld.com Siemens Enterprise changes its name to Unify http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/siemens-enterprise-changes-its-name-unify-228793?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Siemens Enterprise Communications has changed its name to Unify and now hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in hosted unified communications.</p> <p>The rebranding comes at time when the way enterprises communicate is changing. Thanks to trends such as bring-your-own-device, employees are no longer tied to a desk and a desk phone for their work.</p> The Industry Standard VoIP Unified Communications Video Conferencing Technology Business Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:13:05 +0000 admin 228793 at http://www.infoworld.com Avaya cozies up to developers http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/avaya-cozies-developers-228756?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Avaya is making it easier to drop its unified communications capabilities into business applications, removing a layer of complexity that may be holding developers back from writing communications-enabled apps for businesses.</p> <p>The company is announcing Avaya Aura Collaboration Environment, which is made up of both a set of developer tools and also software that interfaces communications-enabled apps with Avaya Aura unified communications infrastructure that actually delivers the communication link.</p> Application Development Development Tools Unified Communications Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:17:24 +0000 admin 228756 at http://www.infoworld.com Cisco patches serious vulnerabilities in Unified Communications Manager http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/cisco-patches-serious-vulnerabilities-in-unified-communications-manager-225402?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Cisco Systems has released new security patches for several versions of Unified Communications Manager (UCM) to address vulnerabilities that could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands, modify system data, or disrupt services.</p> <p>The UCM is the call processing component of Cisco's IP Telephony solution. It connects to IP (Internet Protocol) phones, media processing devices, VoIP gateways, and multimedia applications and provides services such as session management, voice, video, messaging, mobility, and web conferencing.</p> Security Cisco Systems VoIP Patch Management Unified Communications Vulnerability Assessment Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:29:26 +0000 admin 225402 at http://www.infoworld.com 6 things you need to know about WebRTC http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/6-things-you-need-know-about-webrtc-221866?source=rss_unified_communications <p>WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) is a series of designs and guidelines promoted by Google and others through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and MPEG groups to provide a common stack for audio and video communications directly between two browsers. &nbsp;</p> <p>It already is a part of the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera. It will also work with Internet Explorer by using Google's ChromeFrame plug-in.</p> Applications Google Unified Communications IDG Insider Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:24:13 +0000 admin 221866 at http://www.infoworld.com Software AG angles its messaging platform to speed delivery of big data http://www.infoworld.com/d/big-data/software-ag-angles-its-messaging-platform-speed-delivery-of-big-data-221367?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Anticipating a greater need for large-scale enterprise messaging, Software AG has rebranded its messaging software, integrated it with its Terracotta in-memory storage technology, and is now is pitching the product outside its initial market of large financial firms.</p> Big Data Data Integration Unified Communications Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:09:06 +0000 admin 221367 at http://www.infoworld.com How to integrate Skype with Microsoft Lync http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/how-integrate-skype-microsoft-lync-219610?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Businesses hoping to connect Skype users with Lync users via their corporate Lync Server but haven't started the process yet are in for a wait.</p> <p>That's because it can take 30 days to activate accounts necessary to support a back-end service called public instant messaging connectivity, which is necessary for Skype and Lync Server to work together.</p> Applications Microsoft Skype Instant Messaging Unified Communications Thu, 30 May 2013 12:30:30 +0000 admin 219610 at http://www.infoworld.com Citrix pitches cloud-based webcasts with GoToWebcast http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/citrix-pitches-cloud-based-webcasts-gotowebcast-216859?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Citrix System's GoToWebcast has become generally available in North America and Europe, offering users a cloud-based webcasting tool for up to 5,000 attendees.</p> <p>The subscription-based GoToWebcast allows users to broadcast unlimited audio and video presentations to live and on-demand audiences that can access them using mobile devices such as Apple's iPhones and iPads, or Android-based smartphones and tablets.</p> Cloud Computing Citrix Systems Unified Communications Video Conferencing Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:26:42 +0000 admin 216859 at http://www.infoworld.com EMC teams with Avaya on communication pods http://www.infoworld.com/d/virtualization/emc-teams-avaya-communication-pods-216082?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Two stalwarts in the enterprise IT market joined forces today to release a unified communications stack that integrates hardware from EMC, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/092412-network-virtualization-guide-262645.html" target="_blank">virtualization</a> technology from VMware and communications apps from Avaya. Perhaps most interesting about the news, though, is a company that was not involved: <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/cisco/" target="_blank">Cisco</a>.</p> Virtualization Cisco Systems Collaboration Software Unified Communications Cloud Computing Virtualization Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:34:44 +0000 admin 216082 at http://www.infoworld.com SIP trunking: The savings are there but the transition is complex http://www.infoworld.com/t/unified-communications/sip-trunking-the-savings-are-there-the-transition-complex-215863?source=rss_unified_communications <p>The merits of SIP trunking have been talked about for years and now it looks like businesses are aggressively adopting the technology, lured by striking cost savings and the promise of new functionality that their old phone networks just couldn't support.</p> Unified Communications Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:58:46 +0000 admin 215863 at http://www.infoworld.com How to cut through the complexity of Lync 2013 http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/how-cut-through-the-complexity-of-lync-2013-215664?source=rss_unified_communications <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/scissors_cut.jpg" alt="How to cut through the complexity of Lync 2013" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Kapreski</p></em></div> Applications Microsoft Windows Unified Communications Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 J. Peter Bruzzese 215664 at http://www.infoworld.com With Galaxy S 4, Samsung reaches an old industry goal in real time http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/galaxy-s-4-samsung-reaches-old-industry-goal-in-real-time-215481?source=rss_unified_communications <p>The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be shipping in 155 countries by the end of next month, and its real-time voice translation to help people communicate across borders may be one of its most ambitious features.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Mobile Apps Mobile Development Smartphones Unified Communications Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:49:12 +0000 admin 215481 at http://www.infoworld.com Ray Ozzie seeks encore to Lotus Notes, Microsoft triumphs http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/ray-ozzie-seeks-encore-lotus-notes-microsoft-triumphs-209337?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Ray Ozzie -- the creator of Lotus Notes who had a successful five-year run at <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> -- stands ready to leave his next mark on the industry, this time with his nearly year-old startup Talko (formerly Cocomo), a venture funded by $4 million from investors and shrouded in secrecy.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Collaboration Software Startups Unified Communications Cloud Computing Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:58:26 +0000 admin 209337 at http://www.infoworld.com RIM releases BlackBerry Messenger 7 beta with calls over Wi-Fi http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/rim-releases-blackberry-messenger-7-beta-calls-over-wi-fi-207024?source=rss_unified_communications <p>A new beta version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) that allows users to make voice calls over Wi-Fi is now available for download, Research In Motion said Tuesday.</p> <p>The beta version of BBM 7 works on BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS version 6 or higher. RIM also plans to support smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5 at a future date, the company said.</p> Mobile Technology BlackBerry Mobile Apps Instant Messaging VoIP Unified Communications Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:54:41 +0000 admin 207024 at http://www.infoworld.com Cisco adds to cloud collaboration services its hosting partners can offer http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/cisco-adds-cloud-collaboration-services-its-hosting-partners-can-offer-204995?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Cisco on Tuesday announced that it is increasing the number of collaboration software products that its hosting partners can offer via the cloud, hoping to make the bundles more attractive to the partners and their customers.</p> <p>At an announcement at its Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles, Cisco also said that it will provide its cloud-based WebEx web conferencing product for the first time as packaged software that customers can deploy on-premise or in a private cloud.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Cisco Systems Collaboration Software Private Cloud SaaS Unified Communications Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:41:03 +0000 admin 204995 at http://www.infoworld.com Polycom preps browser-based cloud videoconferencing http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/polycom-preps-browser-based-cloud-videoconferencing-204301?source=rss_unified_communications <p>Polycom plans to break down one more set of barriers to videoconferencing early next year with a cloud-based software platform that can set up sessions with anyone who uses Facebook, Skype, or certain other online services.</p> Applications Cloud Computing Unified Communications Video Conferencing Cloud Computing Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:38:50 +0000 admin 204301 at http://www.infoworld.com One number to rule them all: What smartphones miss today http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/one-number-rule-them-all-what-smartphones-miss-today-201693?source=rss_unified_communications <p>All eyes are on smartphones. Last week saw the <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/nokia-lumia-920-nokias-high-end-hand-its-windows-phone-8-bet-201657">Lumia 920</a>, Nokia's attempt to become relevant to mobile users through digital photography, along with Motorola Razr upgrades that showed Google's Motorola Mobility is still mired in device thinking.</p> Applications Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Networking Smartphones VoIP Unified Communications Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 201693 at http://www.infoworld.com