Unified Communications (UC)

Unified communications news, solutions, reviews and analysis, covering VoIP, videoconferencing, messaging, and collaboration

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Microsoft launches new Skype for Linux and Chrome

Linux and Chromebook users now have new versions of Skype to play with. Microsoft launched an alpha version of a new client for Linux on Wednesday morning, in a push to get users of the open source operating system video calling and...

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Skype for Business will translate meetings into 40 languages

Microsoft is bringing the dream of the Star Trek universal translator to businesses later this year with the launch of a new beta feature that offers live captioning of Skype for Business meeting broadcasts in 40 languages.

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Microsoft gives businesses a free tool for online meetings

Microsoft is giving small businesses a new way to hold meetings online with the launch of a free Skype Meetings product that's aimed at providing professional communication tools for free.

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8 biggest email pet peeves

Spam, emoticons and group emails -- most people have a love-hate relationship with email. Here are workers' eight biggest email pet peeves.

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7 ways to get more from Slack

Developers share their top tips for being lazy (i.e., increasing coding efficiency) using the popular group chat app.

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Millennials are shaking up workplace communication

Generation Y is driving digital transformation in the workplace, especially when it comes to communication.

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Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks.

UC in the Cloud – Panacea or placebo?

Separating fact from fiction in a cloud-based unified communications deployment

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Riverbed debuts cloud, UC management features for SteelCentral

Riverbed has several new features baked into the latest version of its SteelCentral application performance and network management suite, designed to help manage networking components and applications that live in the cloud and...

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Can UC keep remote workers engaged?

For something that seems so simple in theory, unified communications can be hard to pull off in practice. But it might be the only thing helping to keep your distributed workforce engaged.

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Skype for Business finally makes its way to the Mac

Microsoft has launched a new beta of Skype for Business that runs on Mac, following its launch of a revamped work communication product last year.

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Mitel will buy Polycom for $2 billion in a tough enterprise communications market

Mitel's planned acquisition of phone and videoconferencing veteran Polycom for nearly $2 billion comes as the enterprise communications industry faces dramatic changes brought by mobility and cloud-based services.

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Skype for Business will give businesses Surface Hub-like collaboration on a budget

Microsoft wants to help businesses bring their meeting rooms into the future of videoconferencing without spending a whole lot of dough with two new Skype for Business initiatives aimed at getting existing technology connected to its...

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Microsoft reportedly scrubbed an $8B bid for Slack

Slack's popularity reportedly piqued the interest of Microsoft, but the tech titan is currently focusing its efforts on Skype.

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Slack lets coworkers start ringing one another

Slack began rolling out a new voice calling feature to Slack teams that let people talk to each other one-on-one, or create conference calls for chat channels.

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Networking company name change madness is upon us

Tech companies LightSquared, Crittercism and ThinkingPhones are still around but no longer answer to those names.

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Microsoft integrates Skype with Slack to simplify team video calls

Slack may be the darling of the group communication market right now, but there's one thing it's missing: voice and video calling. Microsoft is aiming to patch that up with a new integration between Skype and the popular messaging...

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Cisco's Spark grows into a phone and meeting platform for the cloud

Cisco Systems is reinventing its collaboration tools from the bottom up, turning the lowly Spark text-messaging app into a cloud-based platform that includes videoconferencing and the core features of an enterprise phone system.

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