Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Market Update: Skype Adds Video to iPhone App

Newsmakers this week include McGraw Communications, PanTerra, Sagemcom, Swisscom, Aastra, Nefsis, VoX, Nimbuzz, Pervasip, VoiceServe,VoipSwitch and Press8.

Stormy Weather for the East Coast, West Coast – and for Skype

The year is ending, but not without a bang: Storms on the east and west coasts show the value of unified communications for teleworkers. At almost the same time, Skype's problems raise concerns for IT departments. This – and looks ahead and behind by two industry observers – punctuate a significant year in the evolution of unified communications.

Market Update: ooVoo Intros Mobile Video Chat

Organizations in the news include Aspect, Microsoft, Vantage Communications, Digital Ingenuity, eZuce, Avaya, The Radicati Group, IBM Lotus Notes, Grandstream Networks, Google, Android, HTC, Apple, RHUB Communications, WorldGate, Samsung and The DECT Forum.

Integrating Videoconferencing

There still is resistance to videoconferencing. Some folks don't like to be "on camera" and others don't think the place where they work should be seen. Another problem – and one that is being addressed in a UC environment – is that switching from a voice call to a videoconference is cumbersome.

Market Update: ShoreTel Names Blackmore President, CEO

Companies in the news also include Virtacore, Google, Peters & Associates, AltiGen, Microsoft, Tiverity, Cisco, Glowpoint, VBrick, Telcentris, Plantronics, BlackBerry, Android and Polycom.

Can Cisco and Microsoft Just Get Along?

The two vendors are the biggest players in UC. The challenge is that their hardware and software often are called upon to work together. How effectively competitors and third parties make this happen – especially with the birth of Lync – is an important question.

Market Update: Verizon LTE Network Up and Running

Other companies in the news this week include: Siemens Enterprise, FastViewer GmbH & Co., Karel Partners, eZuce, Sipera Systems, ZOOM International, VBrick Systems, iVision, Glowpoint, Zultys, Clearfly, RADVISION, ClearOne, Microsoft, j2 Global, Protus and IP Solutions.

UC: On-Premise or in the Cloud?

There are many definitions of the cloud and many definitions of unified communications (UC). The best advice for companies thinking of moving UC off premise is to make sure that everyone is on the same page – and that a prospective provider is capable of doing what they promise.

Market Update: AT&T, BT Interoperate

Other companies in the news this week: Facebook, Broadvision, Apple, Skype, Siemens, Tango Networks, Microsoft , NextiraOne, Cisco, Sipera, Avaya, Apparent Networks, Technology Assurance Group, KDDI, Vidyo, Standard Mobile, Patton and Neocenter.

Skype Tries to Connect with the Business Community

Skype, essentially, is a consumer service. With Skype Connect, the company is turning its attention to the corporate market. The service, which came out of beta this summer, offers attractive features – and has some significant limitations. The bottom line is that organizations shouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

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