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March 18, 2010  3:44 PM

VoiceCon: what I’ll be checking out



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, network managment, presence, SIP Trunking, videoconferencing, voicecon

Aside from taking in most of the keynotes, meeting with vendors and chatting up attendees to learn about what they're working on, I've picked out a handful of sessions that I think relate to key trends in the industry right now. I'm going to attend as many of them as I can. 1....

January 13, 2010  10:17 PM

The IP PBX: Who needs it?



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Cisco, fixed, Google Voice, IBM, IP PBX, IP Telephony, Jabber, Microsoft, Mobile, Office Communications Server, presence, Sametime

Blogger Greg Ferro (Etherealmind.com) claimed last week that the days of the IP PBX are numbered. It's hard to argue with him. The IP PBX - all PBXes, really...


August 3, 2009  5:33 PM

Mutual dislike of Microsoft won’t salvage Google and Apple’s broken BFF bromance



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Apple, Google, Google Voice, iphone, Microsoft, Mobile, Unified Communications, unified messaging

The days of Google and Apple having a cuddly relationship appear to be ending, and unified communications has played a small part in the break-up. Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from...

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May 20, 2009  6:13 PM

INTEROP: HP, Microsoft expand unifed communications alliance



Posted by: WPeterson
HP, Microsoft, partnerships

At Interop this morning, HP and Microsoft announced a $180 million expansion of their partnership to jointly develop services and products as well as sell and market those products. “Together, we are offering the extensive breadth of capabilities of our respective technologies to deliver a...


April 2, 2009  7:31 PM

VoiceCon 2009: Building success through innovation



Posted by: Leigha
Avaya, Cisco, IBM, innovation, Microsoft, Unified Communications, VoiceCon 2009

The impact of today’s global economic crisis has wrenched companies into shaping new business models merely to survive, much less thrive. But top-tier UC vendors at the recent spring VoiceCon 2009 show in Orlando are interpreting the recession (or...


April 1, 2009  2:39 PM

VoiceCon Microsoft keynote: Gurdeep Singh Pall throws desk phone in the trash



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Microsoft, Office Communications Server, Unified Communications, voicecon

Microsoft corporate vice president for unified communications Gurdeep Singh Pall essentially threw the contemporary desk phone in the proverbial trashcan today during his VoiceCon keynote, arguing that software-based communications is the way of the future. Pall compared the desk phone to the...


April 1, 2009  2:48 AM

Microsoft decides it shouldn’t be in the video conference phone business



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Microsoft, Polycom, Roundtable, telepresence, video conferencing

When Microsoft introduced its Roundtable phone 2007, it was pretty clear to me that they had a cool device on their hands. The phone has a ring of video cameras on a small turret. It is meant ti sit in a conference room, where it offers a 360-degree view of meeting participants. The phone uses...


March 20, 2009  5:03 PM

Avaya starts layoffs



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Avaya, Cisco, layoffs, Microsoft

This week I've been hearing rumors that Avaya has laid off a bunch of employees this month. Avaya went private back in 2007, so I doubt they'll release any specific information on the extent of the layoffs and where they are occurring. But I did reach out to their PR folks to ask them what was...


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