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.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Jun 30, 2011
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Microsoft Office 365 Launches: Microsoft Office 365, the technology giant's suite of productivity apps for the cloud, made its global debut Tuesday. The cloud-based software places Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync into the cloud. The product was first introduced last October as Microsoft's way to bring its popular collaboration and productivity products to the Web. Office 365 comes with all of the Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint), as well as email support and Microsoft Access. Essentially, Microsoft has created one product for all of its cloud-based productivity software.
 
Orange Serves Up Cloud-based UC Service: Orange Business Services is furthering its place in the Unified Communications and cloud services arena with the debut of its Business Together a Service offering, a UC solution that offers UC products via the cloud.
 
Wimo Raises �1 Million to Boost the Development of Com-On: Pure player in unified communications, Wimo provides a solution that is interoperable with all the communication systems of a company. Simpler and less expensive than solutions provided by major players such as Cisco or Microsoft, Com-On is popular with companies who cannot use Skype given its non-compliance with corporate security policies and because of it lacks integration with a company's professional tools.

Polycom Recognised as 2011 Microsoft Unified Communications Innovation Partner of the Year: Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications (UC), has been named the recipient of 2011 Microsoft Unified Communications Innovation Partner of the Year Award, for the company's leadership in delivering innovations that provide powerful, enterprise-grade UC and visual collaboration solutions for customers. Polycom has received the award for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Polycom will be officially honoured at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2011 next month. 
 
Clearfly Communications Leverages 360networks' Ethernet Services Between Billings and Seattle: 360networks, a facilities-based wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, VoIP and Local Access services, announced Clearfly Communications has selected the 360networks Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service in support of end-user needs between Billings and Seattle. Clearfly, a provider of unified communications to the small and medium business community in underserved suburban markets, gains a more scalable, cost effective, protected, and reliable connectivity alternative with EVPL vs. traditional TDM and other legacy solutions. 
 
Media5 Corporation Introduces the Mediatrix 500 eSBC Series: Media5 Corporation, a leading developer of advanced Communications over IP products and solutions, announced the release of the Mediatrix 500 Enterprise Session Border Controller (eSBC) Series for SIP Demarcation, addressing the needs of those users deploying VoIP, data and other unified communications for small to mid-size businesses.

BroadSoft Global Survey Releases Mobile Network Operator Report: In a release, BroadSoft noted the survey, conducted by analyst firm MobileSquared on behalf of BroadSoft identified strategies and perspectives of mobile operators about LTE, Unified Communications and Rich Communications Suite services in an all-IP environment. 
 
Digital IP and AltiGen Communications Partner to Deliver Contact Centre and Mobility Solutions for Microsoft Lync Server in the UK: AltiGen Communications, Inc., the leading provider of integrated Microsoft-based Unified Communications solutions, expands its presence in the UK with the addition of Digital IP to its global partner network.
 
TIBCO Unveils tibbr 3.0: TIBCO Software Inc. announced tibbr 3.0, a transformative upgrade to its enterprise social computing platform. First released in January 2011, tibbr empowers professionals to follow their relevant colleagues, systems, and subjects that drive their businesses. tibbr 3.0 will add robust unified communications capabilities, including HD videoconferencing and desktop sharing from within tibbr as well as strengthen integration to important enterprise systems.
 
Infradapt Announces Expanded Cloud PBX and Hosted Contact Center Service Offerings: Infradapt, a leading provider of business communications and technology infrastructure solutions announces the immediate availability of enhanced hosted communications and phone system offerings for its customers.

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