Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Market Update: Microsoft Office 365 Is Here

Companies in the news this week include: Microsoft, Orange, Wimo, Polycom, Clearly, 360network, Media5, BroadSoft, Digital IP, AltiGen, TIBCO and Infradapt.

Cisco Active in the Unified Communications Cloud

Three announcements since the spring suggest that the company sees quite a future for network-based unified communications and collaboration.

Podcast: CompTIA Paints a Rosy Picture for Unified Communications

CompTIA's Vice President of Research Tim Herbert says that the category is being pushed in a positive direction by multiple drivers. But that very success should send up yellow flags, as the definition of unified communications changes and organizations face planning and training issues.

Market Update: Smoothstone Aims for the Enterprise

Companies in the news this week are: Logitech, GN Netcom, Revolabs, Ingram Micro, Fujitsu, Empirix, Actiance, Adcap Network Systems, Cisco, BT, Microsoft, Allworx, ScanSource, SITA and Orange Business Services.

Microsoft and Skype: Very Close to a Done Deal

Unless there are unexpected objections in Europe, the big deal will close. It is important from many angles, including the fact that it will further erode the line between consumer and business collaboration platforms.

Market Update: Azaleos Survey Not Good News for Cloud-based Unified Communications

Companies making news this week also include: Polycom, Avistar, Sonexis Technology, ShoreTel, Inc., Avistar, 8x8, Walsh Vision, Sprint, GSX, IBM, Microsoft, RIM, MTS, Sipera, McAfee, HIPCOM, Acme Packet, Verizon and Tata Communications.

The Unified Communications Revolution Will Be Televised

The massive influx of video to the Internet won't stop and, in a couple of years, will be by far the dominant form of traffic. That is good news for unified communications. The question is, however, whether video and other advanced forms of collaboration will become so ubiquitous that unified communications will lose its unique identity. 

Market Update: Low-cost HD Videoconferencing from Vidyo

Newsmakers this week include: Avaya, Polycom, Apple, West Corporation, Salesforce, VSee, Acme Packet, Cisco, Ingate, Sipera, Exact Ventures, Avaya, WorkSpace Communications, Microsoft, Digium and Revolabs.

Market Update: Polycom Lands HP Videoconferencing Business

Newsmakers this week also include Polycom, HP, Unilava, Hexa2, Ingram Micro, Siemens, Actiance, Affigent, WorkSpace Communications, Intel, Zultys, Telanetix, TELUS, Cisco, Microsoft, Edgewater Networks and CounterPath.

Podcast: Unified Communications Is Special

Unified communications is a different kettle of fish from the network management perspective. Steve Shalita, vice president of marketing for NetScout, tells Unified Communications Edge's Carl Weinschenk that the demands simply are greater when the goal is a truly collaborative environment.

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