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More On Google Buying Skype

September 21, 2008

You may have noticed some posts regarding Skype being for sale and possibly acquired by Google this past weekend. While a few people have speculated Google would be the only purchaser, Andy throws in Oracle and Cisco. I agree with Andy and would add IBM, Microsoft and SalesForce.com into this group as any of these companies would want to strengthen their subscriber bases and having Skype in their portfolios means a strong integration with a very popular software package which can be leveraged to provide a great unified communications solution.

Oracle and IBM especially would be able to leverage Skype in this fashion. Of course yes -- Skype is a consumer play but I hear over and over how often Skype is used in the corporate environment.

Toshiba Moves Upmarket With CIX1200

September 20, 2008

ITEXPO West 2008 Some More Stories

September 18, 2008

Here are a few news stories I came across today to keep you up to date on show happenings so far. I didn't get a chance to read them all by the way but I wanted to share as soon  as I could.



ITEXPO West 2008 Best of Show

September 18, 2008

ITEXPO Press Coverage

September 18, 2008

ITEXPO West 2008: Introduced by IP Man

September 17, 2008

IP Man Fight Evil IP Communications Villains
Having been speaking at conferences and other events for decades I can tell you that yesterday was a first for me. Why? Well, I was introduced by a cartoon character and even turned into a cartoon character. Many people mentioned how closely the cartoon character resembled me.

ITEXPO West 2008 Microsoft Keynote

September 16, 2008

X.D. Huang General Manager of Microsoft gave a very interesting keynote where he first focused on the many things coming out of Microsoft Labs -- in particular -- an interface which mixes real objects with virtual ones. Using cameras on your desk the system is able to recognize gestures, etc. This technology is not necessarily new for Microsoft -- but it is the first time I have seen this demo.

ITEXPO West 2008 Skype Keynote

September 16, 2008

IMS Forum Becomes NGN Forum

September 16, 2008

Just announced at ITEXPO: The NGN Forum and IMS Forum have merged and will also have an associated STP Forum and Diameter Forum. As you may know, these are key elements to provide applications and services to residential and business customers.

This means the IMS Plugfest is now not just IMS-based but will also focus on the following architechtures as well: STP, Diameter and IP OSS/BSS.

The new name of the furum will be the NGN Forum and Michael Khalilian will be the Chairman and President for the next three years.

There are now over 2,500 participants between the different forums with weekly additions to the technical working group comittee -- working on business development, marketing, technology and standards.

The focul point of the NGN forum is IP, IP structure, framework, architechture  and best practices. The objective of this group is to ensure interoperability of new revenue generating services via things like plugfests. As you may be aware, TMC's IMS and UC Magazines are sponsor of these plugfests and the next one is January 12th, 2009 in New Hamphsihre -- at the UNH-IOL (interoperability lab)

Expect the news of the new boards of directors to come out in the next few weeks.











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September 16, 2008

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