Newsmakers this week include: Microsoft, Skype, Mitel, Research In Motion, BlackBerry, Fonality, Patton, ShoreTel, Azaleos, 3CX, Telos Corporation, ABI Research, Fidelus and Cisco.
Fonality Experiences Rapid Adoption of Cloud-based Unified Communications Among Tech Firms: Fonality, North America's fastest growing business communications company, announced the signing of more than 200 tech firms in the first quarter of 2011, which will leverage its cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) services.
Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion: Microsoft is acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, a deal Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said will enrich Internet voice and video communications for both consumers and business users.
Patton SmartNode Certified for Microsoft OCS Unified Communications: Patton — the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and mobile video-surveillance equipment — announces mutual certification for Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) and SmartNode(TM) VoIP gateways.
ShoreTel 12 Simplifies Unified Communications with Integrated Collaboration for Enterprise Customers: ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications, released ShoreTel 12, the latest version of its award-winning UC software. Through a single hardware appliance and unique distributed software architecture, ShoreTel 12 provides a full-featured collaborative UC solution with plug-and-play setup and simplified management capabilities to streamline and enhance business communications for companies of all sizes.
Azaleos ViewX CIO Dashboard Provides Global View of Unified Communications Cloud Infrastructures: Azaleos Corporation, the managed messaging, collaboration and unified communications services company, announced the Azaleos ViewX CIO Dashboard, which provides a graphical enterprise view of the health and performance of private cloud-based unified communications (UC) systems. Available immediately, the ViewX CIO Dashboard allows busy IT executives to virtually “look over the shoulder” of Azaleos engineers and their in-house IT staff to stay abreast of any changes in status on Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync Servers. The Azaleos ViewX CIO Dashboard is a business tool for IT managers that presents key indicators in real time.
New 3CX MyPhone User Portal Makes Unified Communications Features Understandable to the Average Business User: 3CX, international telecommunications developer, announced the availability of 3CX Phone System version 10. This new release includes a new user-friendly Web-based app, 3CX MyPhone. Other PBX's that include unified communications do not make features such as conferencing easily accessible for the end user. The new 3CX MyPhone portal makes it easier for users to take advantage of advanced unified communications and VoIP features by bringing conferencing, presence, transferring of calls and other rich features together in one easy-to-use application.
Telos Secure Information eXchange Unveiled: Telos Corporation has released a new line of unified communications products and capabilities called the Telos Secure Information eXchange, or T-6, expanding the capabilities of its secure organizational messaging product, the Automated Message Handling System (AMHS).
Unified Communications Market Recovers, FMC and Video to Steer Revenues to Over $2B by 2016, Says ABI Research: Latest global unified communications (UC) market forecasts from ABI Research show that the value of the premises-based integrated UC market is set to reach $2.3 billion by 2016. In 2010, the market registered 22 percent year-on-year growth to reach $674.4 million. That growth heralded a market recovery that began from the second quarter of 2010 and accelerated thereafter.
Fidelus Achieves Double Cisco Masters Certifications and Gold Re-certification: Fidelus Technologies, New York, N.Y., a leading provider of unified communications and collaborations solutions, announced that it has achieved Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialization and Cisco Managed Services Master Certification in addition to its Cisco Gold Unified Communications Re-certification.