Articles by Carl Weinschenk 

Market Update: HP Takes an Open Path

Companies in the news this week include: HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, Polycom, Alcatel-Lucent, Polycom, Multi-Tech, Mitel, IgeaCare, NEC, Skype, BT, Soft-ex, Esna Technologies, Google, VMware, KDE, Smoothstone, ShoreTel, Plus 6 and Media Network Services.

Instant Messaging Still a Key to Unified Communications

It may seem old fashioned, but instant messaging remains a potent unified communications tool. And, according to Allot Communications, it continues to grow.

It's a Fax: An Old Platform Still Adds Value

Though it may seem like something out of yesteryear, faxes continue to play an important role — and have a place in a comprehensive unified communications platform.

Market Update: Warwick Valley Telephone Acquires Alteva

Newsmakers this week include: Polycom, IntelePeer, Microsoft, Sipera, Space Hellas, Plantronics, LifeSize, Avnet, Multi-Tech Systems, ShoreTel, Kerio and Cisco.

Podcast: Using Unified Communications to Improve AIDS Treatment

Doctors in the Harvard University-based HOPE program are working with professionals around the world to disseminate the latest information about AIDS treatments. Dr. Rajesh says that such conferences, which are run every two times each month, expose medical staffs in far-flung locales to some of the most knowledgeable AIDS specialists in the world.

Market Update: Polycom Customizes System for Lync

Companies in the news this week include SIPCOM, Microsoft, AltiGen, VBrick, Network Equipment Technologies, Alexander Open Systems, VOSS, Jabra, IntelePeer and Logitech.

Podcast: The Mobile Cloud, the Enterprise and Unified Communications

Enterprises, according to Juniper Research Principal Analyst Dr. Windsor Holden, are going to get into the mobile cloud in a big way. Spending on applications — many presented in the form of unified communications — will reach $39 billion in 2016, he says.

Teleconferencing: Lights, Camera, Action!

The technical capabilities to run high-quality teleconferences may be outstripping the skill set necessary to stage them. That's not good in a world where folks are accustomed to, and expect, high-quality video and audio. Information is available on the Internet, but vendors and service providers may be the best source.

Market Update: Fonality Releases Hybrid Platform

Companies in the news this week are: Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, AltiGen, Outsourcery, Jabra, KPN, iFusion, Fonality, SPIRIT DSP, Polycom, NextUC, esnatech, Microsoft, prairieFyre AudioCodes and NEC.

The Summer of Cius, Finally

By the end of the month, Cisco's Cius finally will be here. According to analysts, the tablet is aimed at business — and will get there through the IT department.

Lync Dovetails Nicely into Office 365

The platform from Microsoft beat all competitors in ABI's latest unified communications vendor matrix and won a bigger profile for itself as part of Office 365, which was officially introduced last week. 

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