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Polycom Launches CX7000, Microsoft Lync Telepresence Solution

Polycom today announced the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System, what they claim is the "first room video telepresence solution custom-built for full integration with Microsoft Lync." It's an interesting solution that combines a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, omni-directional full-duplex speakerphone,...

Spirit DSP and Polycom Ink Licensing Deal on Polycom CX5000

Today, SPIRIT DSP signed their fifth licensing agreement with Polycom. Polycom has licensed SPIRIT's product to support quality videoconferencing on the CX5000 Unified Conference Station, Polycom's branded version of the Microsoft RoundTable, which I reviewed here.As a Polycom-branded version of...

Microsoft Patents VoIP and Skype Wiretapping

Microsoft was recently granted a patent for a technology called Legal Intercept, which apparently enables Microsoft to secretly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls. I'm skeptical. Many Skype calls are peer-to-peer (P2P) with the packets traveling across different router hops....

Microsoft Office 365 Launches

Today, Microsoft officially launched Office 365, the "cloud-based" version of Office, featuring the entire Office productivity suite and collaboration capabilities. Office 365 offers a range of service plans with monthly prices ranging from $2 to $27 per user per month.Office...

Top 20 VoIP Innovators of All Time

VoIP has come a long way since it was first popularized by VocalTec in the mid 1990s. Here is a slideshow of the Top 20 VoIP Innovators of all time with photo captions explaining why they merit this top 20...

Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Skype - Here we go again!

When I saw the TechCrunch headline 'Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Skype Same Day Microsoft Deal Was Announced' I immediately thought of the various Joltid lawsuits filed by co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who own the P2P technology licensed by...

Windows 8 Preview Video - I hate it already!

So Microsoft announced a Windows 8 Preview video. I hate it. It's designed with a touch Windows tablet (i.e. iPad) in mind. The Start Menu is replaced by these humongous graphical tiles taking up way too much screen real-estate. All...

Skype for Asterisk Killed - The Lowdown

In case you hadn't heard, Skype has decided to not renew the agreement for Digium's Skype for Asterisk, effectively killing Skype for Asterisk. Skype for Asterisk will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011.Skype for Asterisk...

Blue Jeans Network Bridges Skype, SIP, H.323 for Multipoint Telepresence Solution

Blue Jeans Network has been quietly developing a new cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration service that bridges H.323 and SIP end-points, PSTN — and even Skype, with the goal of allowing users to connect everything from high-end video telepresence systems...

Kaspersky Kills Microsoft Lync - No Audio or Video

If you use Kaspersky with Microsoft Lync (or OCS 2007), you may be interested to know that Kaspersky can kill Lync's connectivity. Specifically, Kapersky Internet Security's network traffic monitor, called Web Protection in some versions blocks the network traffic. It...

Cumulative updates for Microsoft Lync 2010 released

Some important updates for Microsoft Lync client were just released as part of KB 2540951.According to Microsoft, this cumulative update fixes the following issues: 2543532  Credential prompts occur when you sign in to Lync 2010 by using the Lync Online...

Microsoft Lync Backup Script

The popular Microsoft Lync unified communications solution unifies your voice, video, IM, and collaboration onto a single platform. Unified communications is a wonderful thing, but putting all your eggs in one basket means you better be damned sure you back...

Jabra SPEAK 410 Review

A couple months ago, Jabra sent me a Jabra SPEAK 410 to review. It got lost in the shuffle of other things I was reviewing. The Jabra SPEAK 410 is a pretty cool USB-based speakerphone device that directly integrates with...

Lync Server 2010 Now Supported on SQL 2008 R2

Some great news for Microsoft Lync users. According to the Microsoft Technet NextHop blog, Microsoft Lync is now supported on SQL 2008 R2, the latest version of Microsoft's SQL Server: Today the Lync Server product team is pleased to announce...

Microsoft OCS QoE Voice Analyzer App for WP7

Are you a Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 or Microsoft Lync user looking to analyze the Quality of Experience (QoE) on your Window 7 (WP7) phone? Then I have just the utility for you! The QoE Voice Analyzer app is now...

KEMP Launches Microsoft Exchange 2010 Load Balancing Appliance

KEMP Technologies, a 10 year old company today announced the first server load balancing appliance, specifically designed for Microsoft Exchange 2010. The new KEMP’s LoadMaster Exchange (LM-Exchange) comes pre-configured and ready to deploy for instant redundancy and high availability for...

XConnect Has Killer Growth in 2010

Back in January 2010 I mentioned how XConnect's peering federation announced at ITEXPO was now offering "High-Definition (HD) Voice Peering Federation". Their federation service for carrier peering let's you carry both HD voice and HD video by passing codecs across...

Microsoft LyncAddContacts Utility to the Rescue!

Yesterday, I wrote about a utility that lets you find the versions for all your OCS/Lync clients in the enterprise. Today, I'm going to show you how you can easily add contacts en masse to your Lync clients. This is...

Find Microsoft Lync Versions For All the Clients

Want to easily find the Lync versions for all your clients? Well, check out the utility aptly named Find Lync Versions 1.02. You can even see which IP addresses are running which version of OCS/Lync.Screenshot:It basically runs these SQL queries...

ClearOne Launches Speakerphones For Microsoft Lync & Skype

  ClearOne today launched its two latest USB speakerphones designed for use with Microsoft Lync or Skype for audio conferencing. The CHAT 70-U (for Lync) and CHAT 60-U (for Skype), both feature integrated call controls, including an end-call button on...

Microsoft Lync Virtualization How-to Guide

Microsoft just released a whitepaper that outlines best practice recommendations for running Lync Server 2010 in a virtualized environment.Here's a snippet from the Table of Contents showing the covered topics:1.2    Why Virtualize?    2    Virtualization in Lync Server 2010    2.1    Terminology   ...

Hosted Microsoft OCS/Lync Provider Supports Direct SIP Trunking

Direct SIP trunking has existed since OCS 2007 R2, however, WorkSpace Communications claims to be the only hosted Microsoft OCS/Lync Provider to support direct SIP trunking in a "hosted" environment. Even the more recent version Microsoft Lync cannot do direct...

BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) Adds Microsoft Lync Support

According to BlackBerry's BlackBerry Enterprise Server Add-on product website, support for Microsoft Lync is coming soon. In the footnotes it says "Support for Microsoft Lync Server will be available in an upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server Service Pack." It will be...

ITEXPO Named Top 50 Fastest Growing Tradeshow

TMC's ITEXPO was named one of the fastest growing trade shows by Trade Show Executive in their Fastest 50 Awards. I've been with TMC since 1994 - right out of college and I've seen this company grow from 15 employees...

Apple iOS vs. Google Android

There was an interesting discussion of iOS-vs.-Android news that began with this report by Seth Weintraub for Fortune. He explains in the article the downward spiral cost of creating smartphone components and the end product smartphone as well. He also...
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