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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in January 2006
Report: VoIP Business To Top $3 Billion By 2010
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
The business VoIP market will hit $3.3 billion in service revenue by 2010, according to a Yankee Group report that was released Tuesday.
Five Things You Need To Know About VoIP
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinking of moving to VoIP, or you've already made the switch? Here's five things you have to know about VoIP when getting started, or getting up to speed, straight from
Speech Recognition Comes of Age
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
System builders can develop a new customer base by installing speech technology, and training users to actually make it productive. (Courtesy of TechBuilder.org)
Mobile Shopping Just A Price Check For Now
News  |  1/30/2006  | 
Buying goods from a mobile phone is likely years away, but that doesn't mean retailers aren't investing in the world's most popular handheld device. For now, though, local search is
Botnet Herders Can Hide Behind VoIP
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Internet telephone applications like Skype and Vonage could become hacker hideouts, technologists and academics funded by MIT and Cambridge University say.
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Time to celebrate the end of the week with a free toy! Centennial Software is heralding a new freebie from Sharp Ideas. Abe Usher's Slurp Audit is a free tool that provides information on what files might be...
Top 10 Intranets: Creative, Mobile, Multi-National
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
The companies with the world's best 10 intranets, ranked for the best in design and function, put blogging and advertising to good use inside their organizations.
Geek Chic: Mplat's Flashphone F2K
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
Who says you can't take it with you? The $40 Flashphone F2K from Mplat Technology lets you plug into random PCs and make and receive free Skype VoIP calls.
Zimbra's Collaboration Suite
News  |  1/27/2006  | 
This open-source solution makes for easy deployment and simple, if not complete, administration.
Streaming Media Servers
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Apple, Macromedia, Microsoft and RealNetworks all accepted our comparison challenge. The results were remarkably close. Find out why entries from Apple and Microsoft just edged out the other two.
Survey: SMBs Worry About Security Of IP Telephony
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
A survey of small and medium businesses has found that many are leery of the security of IP telephony systems and favor traditional telephony systems.
AT&T, Avaya Partner On Enterprise VoIP Solution
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
AT&T and Avaya have joined forces to offer a comprehensive managed VoIP solution intended to simplify enterprise migrations to VoIP and IP telephony.
Messaging Becoming The Sizzle On The Steak
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
Did ya happen to notice that messaging is really cool? I'm not basing this observation on the fact that our nation's youth are walking around clicking on their cell phones like there is no tomorrow. They obviously think its cool, and so do the service providers, but the software development community must think messaging is pretty cool, too. All the recent really big, really cool software product announcements have included some form of integrated messaging. Yes, finding unique and useful ways
Google Pack
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
Sometimes you just want people to know how nice you are ??? and Google tries with Google Pack, a gathering of (mostly) cool apps.
3Com Gets Branch Offices Dialed In To VCX IP Telephony
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
3Com this week is set to launch a new branch office version of its high-end VCX IP telephony platform that provides full-featured survivability to the remote offices of large enterprises.
Cisco Security Alerts Serve As VoIP Wake-Up Call
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
Cisco Systems' revelation last week of two security alerts and fixes for CallManager, the processing component of its voice-over-IP technology, reminds us that while VoIP offers all sorts of benefits, there's no getting around its vulnerability as a software application....
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Well, after spending three hectic weeks in the lab testing ESB products, you can imagine that I've had to find a few interesting tools. Today's freebie is one of them. It's called XMOJO and it's an OSS JMX implementation, supporting...
Only 20% Of VoIP Providers Monitor Call Quality: Survey
News  |  1/19/2006  | 
The vast majority of voice over IP (VoIP) service providers have no mechanisms in place to monitor service quality apart from customer complaints, according to a new survey from Empirix
Google Opens IM, VoIP Services
News  |  1/18/2006  | 
Google Inc. has opened it instant messaging and Internet telephony services to any company willing to support the XMPP protocol.
SPAM Is A Labor Intensive Problem For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
I've always assumed that smaller business bore a disproportionate load of spam. It just sort of made sense that would be the case since they are not able to deploy the technology or the resources against the problem that larger enterprises are able to muster. So when Postini said that one of its survey findings in it's upcoming Message Security & Management Annual Report for 2006 was that small businesses rec
Kodak V570
News  |  1/18/2006  | 
Beyond the dual lens configuration, there are plenty of good things about the V570 including a gorgeous 2.5 inch LCD useful even in bright sunlight, quick boot-up and more.
Affordable IT: VoIP for SMBs
News  |  1/13/2006  | 
We evaluate three hosted IP PBXs, which offer small and midsize businesses all the benefits of voice over IP services without the costs of buying and maintaining their own switches.
Power To The User: Do It Yourself
Commentary  |  1/12/2006  | 
Making users responsible and accountable for managing their own e-mail is one way to reduce the burden on overworked IT staffs. And according to a recent Osterman Research survey, that is exactly what is starting to happen. It's not like the technical staffs managing large corporate e-mail servers don't already have enough on their hands taking care of things like disaster recovery, legal discovery, compliance and storage management. So why not make
Ron in India, Day 4: Microsoft TechVista 2006
Commentary  |  1/12/2006  | 
India's geography goes digital and a 72 year old pleases the crowd.
Ron In India, Days 2 & 3: Remote Infrastructure Management; Offshore Management Centers
Commentary  |  1/11/2006  | 
The traffic is still unbelievable but I realized today as I examined the sheet metal around me that it was all intactno dents, dings not so much as a bumper out of place. There are rules, just not ones...
Apple Leaps Ahead With Intel-Based Computers
News  |  1/10/2006  | 
Steve Jobs showed off a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor, as well as the new laptop MacBook Pro; no word yet on other systems.
Soyo G1681 VoIP ATA
News  |  1/10/2006  | 
Soyo's G1681 VoIP ATA is a solution to a problem you may have already solved--simply by having the prerequisites it needs to operate.
Let There Be An Upside
Commentary  |  1/10/2006  | 
Reading all the year-end wrap ups and 2006 projections for the messaging market, you'd think messaging and collaboration were a scourge rather than a productivity enhancing technology. All the reports I've seen talk about viruses and worms, phishing attacks, regulatory demands for retention, archiving and discovery, and warn of all the new problems we'll face when mobile messaging really takes off. And after the past year, who can blame the pundits for painting such a dark picture? But still, t
Google Video: Does The World Need Another DRM Scheme?
News  |  1/9/2006  | 
Is the company risking its reputation to promote technology most users have learned to hate?
Ron in India, Day One: Golden Arches and Machine Room Suites
Commentary  |  1/9/2006  | 
I'm in India this week tagging along with a group of IT professionals from CMP Media and United Business Media (UBM) as they investigate opportunities for outsourcing....
Entertaining Thoughts On The Future
Commentary  |  1/9/2006  | 
Immersive entertainment -- is it a good thing?
Why You Should Take The VoIP Plunge --- Now
News  |  1/9/2006  | 
If you're still on the fence about VoIP, there are several reasons that you may want to consider to take the plunge. Telecom experts provide several reasons why it's time
Creative Labs Touts Internet Phone That Doesn't Require A PC
News  |  1/6/2006  | 
Skype users will soon be able to make VoIP calls without the necessity of a PC, according to Creative Labs Inc., which has developed an Internet phone that connects directly
NWC @ CES: Optical disk wars heat up at CES
News  |  1/6/2006  | 
Leading consumer electronics manufacturers in the competing HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc market raced scrambled to announce plans for next-gen high-definition optical disk players at CES.
A Mobile New Year
Commentary  |  1/6/2006  | 
The new year kicked off with a mobile slant, not surprising since the giant Consumer Electronics Show also kicked off this week in Las Vegas. Microsoft got things rolling quickly at the event by telling its MSN Messenger users that it isn't about to let Skype consume all of its VoIP lunch. Deals with Philips Electronics and Uniden to make VoIP phones available for use with the new Windows Live Messenger should make Micr
D-Link, Buffalo Beef Up Their Networking, Storage And Entertainment Lines
News  |  1/6/2006  | 
D-Link rolled out new network security and networked entertainment products and Buffalo Technology unveiled additions to its home wireless networking and storage product lines at the CES on Thursday.
EMC and Acxiom Ink Grid Computing Deal
News  |  1/6/2006  | 
EMC is acquiring Acxiom's proprietary grid-computing middleware for $30 million and will use it to expand the capabilities of its own management software.
Verizon Says Google, Microsoft Should Pay For Internet Apps
News  |  1/5/2006  | 
CEO Seidenberg says content companies who provide advertising-supported applications should share operational costs with owners of broadband networks.
Cisco Expands Consumer Ambitions With DVD Player, Security Camera
News  |  1/4/2006  | 
Cisco introduces a variety of products for the digital home at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Motorola Invests In Home Network Company
News  |  1/4/2006  | 
Motorola Ventures, Motorola Inc.???s investment arm, has made a strategic investment in CopperGate Communications, a Israeli-based supplier of chipset solutions for multimedia home networking.
It's Time For Another Look At IM Federation
Commentary  |  1/4/2006  | 
With all the year-end and New Year IM network attacks and threats of attacks, perhaps it is time for another look at instant messaging federation, especially if your users are becoming avid IM hounds while you are trying to discourage internal use of consumer IM services on your network. While secure, real-time collaboration and presence are valued capabilities, you've learned the hard way through your experience with corporate e-mail systems that company communications need to be be authorized
Panasonic, Vonage Plan Direct-To-Broadband Phone System
News  |  1/3/2006  | 
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. and Vonage Holdings Corp. are jointly developing a cordless-phone system.
Adapter Enables Skype Calls Over Standard Phones
News  |  1/3/2006  | 
D-Link and Skype announced a USB phone adapter that enables consumers to use their existing corded or cordless phones to make Skype VoIP calls.


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