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Cisco quietly let go 50 engineers and other people responsible for their low-cost SPA line of desktop IP phones (SPA300, SPA500, etc.) - I believe back in November. The IP phones targeted the SMB and I'm told it's a $600...

Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e Video Conferencing Targets SMB

According to Frost and Sullivan in 2013 that said, "We believe that globally there are 60-70 million physical conference rooms. We estimate that about 5% of these are penetrated with video conferencing capabilities." A big part of the reason for...

AT&T TL7910 DECT 6.0 Headset Review

The AT&T TL7910 DECT 6.0 headset is one of the best combo PC/phone headsets you can buy with some pretty powerful features. With the AT&T Softphone Call Manager software it supports Skype, and Microsoft Lync, and can even import your...

Microsoft Lync Session Jam Packed at ITEXPO

I just got out of a jam-packed panel discussion on Microsoft Lync - Why You Need to Develop a Migration Strategy Now. I'd share a picture but I was moderating the session, so didn't want to whip out my phone...

Logitech H650e Headset Review

The Logitech USB Headset 650e "corded" stereo headset is the sister to the H820e "wireless" headset I recently reviewed. Both models target unified communications (UC) with some call control functions like mute and answer call. Like the H820e, the H650e...

Logitech Sets Sights on Unified Communications

Logitech said in their February corporate report that "Some of our other peripherals product categories are experiencing significant market challenges. As the quality of PC-embedded webcams improves, we expect future sales of our PC-connected webcams in mature consumer markets to...

Logitech Wireless Headset H820e Review

The Logitech Wireless Headset H820e targets the UC space nicely, sporting an amazing 300 foot wireless range, call indicator LED to let co-workers know you're on the phone, and wideband audio. The H820e is available in mono and dual versions...

Add-on Makes Microsoft Lync Feature-Complete to Compete with PBXs

Yesterday, at ITEXPO I met with some representatives from Bressner, a German-based company with some interesting add-ons for Microsoft Lync. Now targeting the U.S. (English website) their Lync add-ons add some powerful features to Microsoft Lync that help make Lync...

ITEXPO 2013 Miami Exhibits Construction Underway

ITEXPO 2013 in Miami is in full swing with vendors such as Microsoft (Lync) setting up their booths in the exhibit hall. Should be a great show. Here's a photo of the construction happening with the Microsoft Lync pavilion in...

Microsoft Lync Pavillion at ITEXPO Features PlayStation 3?

I was passing by the huge Microsoft Lync Pavillion at ITEXPO, when my eyes spotted two large screens with a racing game being played in the Microsoft Lync Pavillion. The woman told me it's a timed competition with prizes being...

Novus Distributes First Enhanced Media Gateway for Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Novus, a boutique telecommunications and IP distributor serving value-added resellers throughout North America, announced today the distribution of Ferrari electronic’s OfficeMaster Gate media gateway featuring recently released firmware that supports the new features of the next generation Microsoft Lync Server...

Windows 8 & Windows 8 RT Metro/Modern UI Lync App Coming Soon

Not to be outdone by the Microsoft Skype, which released a touch-friendly Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI Skype app, Microsoft's Lync team announced a Lync app for Windows 8 and Windows RT also using Metro/Modern UI. This touch-friendly Lync app will...

Gartner's 'Magic Quadrant for UC' - Cisco Bests Microsoft - Not!

Gartner recently posted their Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications along with their analysis of the UC market. As always Gartner's research is a fascinating and insightful read, but I do take slight issue where they positioned Cisco and Microsoft. First...

Microsoft Surface = Threat to IP Phone Market

Microsoft has already irked some of their hardware partners with Microsoft getting into the hardware business via their pending Microsoft Surface product launch later this year. Perhaps lost in the battle between Microsoft and their PC/laptop/tablet hardware partners is the...

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Adds Touch Support - Killer Enterprise Tablet UC!

Microsoft is continuing to make strides in their Lync platform. While the big news two days ago was the Office 2013 news, including support for touch and cloud support, you may have missed the simultaneous news about the Microsoft Lync...

Microsoft Lync 2010 for iPad 2.2 Released But No VoIP or Video

Microsoft recently released Lync 2010 for iPad v4.2. Features include rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features, but surprisingly no VoIP or video conferencing. Instead it uses a callback mechanism for the voice calling. You can connect to...

Skype Integration with Microsoft Xbox 360 & Lync is Slow Going

Microsoft's purchase of Skype for $8.5 billion was considered a risky move considering the failure of eBay's acquisition of Skype, which did not result in any synergies between these two companies. The New York Times gives some interesting insights into...

HP Aims to Simplify Unified Communications Deployment

HP today announced two new offerings that aid in the rapid adoption of   unified communications (UC) solutions from Microsoft and Polycom. The new offerings include HP AppSystem for Microsoft Lync, a turnkey platform designed to expedite Lync deployments, and a...

Ensim Adds Support for Lync Server 2010 Multi-tenant Hosting Pack

Ensim Corporation today announced support for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multi-tenant environments allowing enterprises who wish to host Lync in the cloud to have a a powerful deployment tool at their disposal. Ensim Unify Service Provider Edition now offers full support...

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Updates

Microsoft released some updates for Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft's unified communications server platform. You can download the cumulative update here.Here's a list of updates released for Lync Server 2010: Update for Administrative Tools 2670358  Description of the cumulative update...

KEMP Load Balancer Certified for Microsoft Lync Server 2010

KEMP Technologies today announced that its LoadMaster hardware-based and virtual appliance load balancers are now approved for Microsoft Lync Server 2010.  If you recall, I spoke with Kemp last year about their Exchange 2010 load balancer, so adding Lync load...

Lync Federation Tool Makes it Easy to Find Lync-enabled Business Partners

Who wouldn't want to join the Federation? No, not the United Federation of Planets, commonly referred as the Federation, though it would be cool to play on the Star Trek Enterprise's holodeck. No, we're talking Lync Federation here. Matt Landis...

Microsoft Lync 2010, Asterisk & Skype Integration Tutorial

I came across an excellent tutorial on installing and integrating Microsoft Lync 2010, Asterisk and Skype. The tutorial covers installing AsteriskNOW within a virtual machine on Windows, so you don't even have to have spare hardware lying around to install...

Data Consumption Comparison: Microsoft Lync vs. Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile

Matt Landis has some nice analysis comparing how much mobile data usage there is for Microsoft Lync vs. Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile (CoMo). Go check it out.Image above via Matt Landis...

Sprint Nextel Throws Out 489 PBXs - Switches 100% to Microsoft Lync

Sprint Nextel thew out 489 PBXs and switched over their 39,000 employees to using Microsoft Lync, a unified commutations solution gaining in popularity. Sprint Nextel said their goal was to "reduce its environmental impact, improve employee productivity, and reduce costs...
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