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Skype Announcements at Communications Developer

April 28, 2007

I was just perusing an article on Skype development from Greg Galitzine which consists of an interview with head of development for the world’s most successful VoIP software company. The interview is with Paul Amery the Director of the Skype Developer Program.   Here are some of the salient comments from Paul:   The breadth of developers who work with Skype is extraordinary. They range from 15-year old techies who are coding in their bedrooms to CEOs with more than 30 years of experience developing software applications. The uniting factor is that they all love Skype, and constantly want us to enhance the platform to help them do more.   The most popular application [Skype Extra] overall is CrazyTalk for Skype from Reallusion.

Ed Whitacre Jr.

April 27, 2007

Congratulations to Ed Whitacre Jr. for building a great big telecommunications company from an assortment of smaller ones. Certainly in this case the sum was greater than the parts.   Ed is about to retire and he can consider this my retirement present.   While I have perhaps had a rant or two over the years about net neutrality comments made by Mr. Whitacre, there is not a single person who can deny this man has achieved greatness in the world of communications and technology.   Ed Whitacre Jr. put AT&T back together again and left it in great shape.   The Board of Directors has chosen Randall L. Stephenson, AT&T's chief operating officer, to succeed Whitacre as chairman and CEO.   Randall has tremendous shoes to fill and it may be very tough to keep AT&T’s massive momentum going without even more acquisitions. These could consist of content plays such as perhaps satellite radio, internet companies and even advertising networks. Yahoo!

Mitel Acquires Inter-Tel

April 26, 2007

In a $723 Million transaction two of the leaders in the mid-market communications space have teamed up as Mitel has just acquired Inter-Tel. Both companies were very strong players in the mid-size PBX space and both were leaders in staying ahead of the technology curve   Going back to the days of CTI over a decade ago, Mitel and Inter-Tel are established players in IP communications and unified communications.   “We believe this is an outstanding transaction for our stakeholders,” said Inter-Tel CEO Norman Stout. “Mitel and Inter-Tel have state-of-the-art products and complementary channels to market. In particular, we are excited about the opportunities this partnership represents for Inter-Tel’s associates and partners, who we believe will benefit from being part of a larger, growing and dynamic organization that can compete more effectively in the marketplace. We look forward to working with the Mitel team to ensure a rapid and seamless transition.”

The combined company, including Inter-Tel international subsidiaries such as Inter-Tel Europe, Swan Solutions and Lake Communications, will have solutions to address the needs of very small to large businesses globally.

TMC Beta Tests 3D stereo HD VoIP

April 26, 2007

Vonage Free to Compete

April 25, 2007

Sender ID Update

April 25, 2007

EQO Funding

April 25, 2007

Blackberry Attacks Microsoft

April 24, 2007

RIM is offering it’s mobile device software on other platforms such as Windows Mobile and the question on most people’s minds Is probably “Why?” After all, Windows Mobile devices already do pretty much everything Blackberrys do and in many cases deal with attachments in a more seamless fashion.

Microsoft’s Exchange Server is pretty similar to the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES)  in many ways but certainly RIM’s BES is a more highly focused mobile e-mail product meaning there are some things it can do better than Microsoft.

Still, Microsoft has done a good job of emulating the PC interface on the Windows Mobile platform and as such this competitive thrust from RIM will likely appeal to Blackberry shops that are true diehards who don’t mind spending additional money on BES.

So while the headlines (including this one) talk of a Blackberry attack, this is more like a minor offensive aimed at keeping a handful of RIM loyalists happy.





Hosted Communications for the SMB

April 23, 2007

We hear about hosted solutions from so many vendors these days. This area of the market is certainly experiencing tremendous growth. Companies like Covad, AccessLine and 8x8/Packet8 are doing well selling services to customers who are giving up their small phone system for a hosted solution.   In many cases the smaller companies are familiar with and more comfortable with key systems and are not happy to lose some of these features when they migrate to a hosted solution which is designed for companies the size of major auto manufacturers. The way to get around this dilemma is to sell these companies hosted key system replacements.   How can a service provider interested in deploying such solutions learn more?

Microsoft Unlimited Potential

April 21, 2007

Bill Gates is on record as ridiculing the $100 laptop earmarked for third world children… The reason he disliked the device is because the specs did not measure up to what he thought such a computer should and could be. It seems Gates and company will now focus on this same market with a $3 software suite as part of the Unlimited Potential program.   How can Microsoft charge so little and still make money? Simple. It is all about overhead.
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