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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in December 2005
Microsoft, Softbank BB, Japan Telecom Team on VoIP
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Microsoft is making another move in VoIP, this time in Japan in a partnership with Softbank BB and Japan Telecom.
Get A Room, Already
Commentary  |  12/23/2005  | 
New plot twists in the never-ending Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice saga of public messaging . . . As we spy on our free-loving foursome—Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and Google—, we see them still in the throes of monogamy but don't expect that to last. AOL has now cozied up with Google, leaving Microsoft somewhat rebuffed. I say "somewhat" because Microsoft has never been an easily discouraged suitor. Don't forget
What Does IP Telephony Do For Businesses?
News  |  12/21/2005  | 
VoIP, combined with presence and networked apps, means real-time communication is converging with automated business processes.With standards-based IP telephony combining with presence and networked apps built on Service Oriented
Talking To Your Fridge? You Need In-House Broadband Over Powerline
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
That's right. Some day you too can have IP connectivity with all your major appliances. And who doesn't want to talk remotely to their refrigerator?
21-inch LCD Monitors
News  |  12/20/2005  | 
We look at five new 21-inch displays to see how they look, and how they make your applications look.
Extreme Postdating: Mail To Yourself In The Future
Commentary  |  12/20/2005  | 
Remember when time capsules were all the rage. You could bury or otherwise hide objects and documents from the present time in hopes that sometime in the distant future, other beings from other worlds or maybe just future humans would uncover them to help answer questions about life "back in the day." The only problem with time capsules is that they are rather unfulfilling. You could only imagine the curiosity, confusion and shock that some distant traveler might display upon uncovering your box
House OKs DTV Transition Date
News  |  12/19/2005  | 
The House has voted to establish a 2009 deadline for ending U.S. analog broadcasting and the start of all-digital TV services.
Google Reportedly Offering To Take A $1 Billion Stake In AOL
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Google Inc. has entered exclusive negotiations with America Online Inc., offering $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in the Internet portal, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Survivor's Guide to 2006: Messaging and Collaboration
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
In 2006, look for stable communication technologies such as e-mail and videoconferencing to converge on your network with new media like blogs and podcasts.
Survivor's Guide to 2006: Storage and Servers
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
In the year to come, pay attention to bigger disks, fatter pipes and disk backups. And don't ignore multicore processors, blade servers and virtualization on the server side!
Survivor's Guide to 2006: Enterprise Apps and App Infrastructure
News  |  12/16/2005  | 
Business processes will continue to drive application initiatives, while businesses themselves will rely on enterprise architectures to integrate their apps with processes.
A New Year's Eve For All To See
Commentary  |  12/15/2005  | 
We tend to splurge in large amounts on New Year's Eve, so why should our messaging activity be any different? According to messaging provider Mobeon, based in Stockholm, Sweden, New Year's Eve 2005 will see the largest number of video mail messages ever sent. With the growing installed base of 3G phones out there, and the proclivity of teens and young adults to employ the multimedia capabilities of these handsets, Mobeon believes this younger market will use
More Vonage VoIP Users Get E911 Service
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
Vonage says its entire customer base has access to enhanced emergency 911 services.
Microsoft Releases Early Exchange 12 Beta
News  |  12/14/2005  | 
An early, private, beta of Exchange Server 12 will go out to some 1,400 OEM, ISV, and partner testers on Wednesday, Microsoft said.
Skype Challenging Two VoIP Services
News  |  12/13/2005  | 
Skype is currently the frontrunner among peer-to-peer VoIP services. Two new services, Gizmo Project and PeerMe, are prepared to join the race.
Is IM Poised For Greatness, On A Microsoft Scale?
Commentary  |  12/13/2005  | 
Microsoft hasn't provided much on an overall strategy for melding its instant messaging and VoIP technology yet, but the software giant is sure interested in keeping skin the game. A week after Yahoo! announced it would add computer-to-phone calling capabilities to its instant-messaging service, Microsoft said it is expanding its VoIP offerings via a deal with MCI to let PC users place calls to land line telephones
Linksys Teams With Telabria To Deliver VoIP Over WiMAX
News  |  12/12/2005  | 
Linksys will collaborate with Telabria to deliver VoIP services over a European WiMAX-class broadband network.
3Com's New Channel Program Paves Way For Advancement
News  |  12/12/2005  | 
3Com this week is revamping its channel program to reward partners for developing technology expertise and increasing their investments.
Reader Survey: Top Networking Vendors
News  |  12/12/2005  | 
In our exclusive reader survey, performance, reliability, and stability outrank even best price when it comes to choosing a networking vendor. That puts Cisco on top. (Originally published in Information
Working Toward Working Together
News  |  12/12/2005  | 
Over the last six months, Gartner analyst Betsy Burton noticed a significant uptick in the number of inquiries she was receiving from CIOs about collaboration. Investigating further, she found four
Bluesocket Adds Teeth To WLAN
News  |  12/9/2005  | 
Wireless vendor Bluesocket has upgraded its Blue-Secure WLAN management software to strengthen security and improve performance of voice over WLAN.
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
News  |  12/8/2005  | 
Want to make sure your gift list includes the latest and greatest? Our editors have come up with the hottest, highest-tech gadgets to give (and get) this year.
Millions Of Domain Names Registered With Fakes Names
News  |  12/7/2005  | 
Those seeking to register the Website names likely provide inaccurate information to hide their identities or to prevent members of the public from contacting them, a Congressional auditor suspects.
Review: Four VoIP Headsets
News  |  12/7/2005  | 
Even the best VoIP service won't do you any good unless you have a decent headset. We looked at four representative devices.
Symbol, Avaya Join For Enterprise VoWLAN
News  |  12/7/2005  | 
Symbol Technologies and Avaya have teamed up to jointly develop an enterprise handheld solution that combines voice and data collection functionality into one device.
IM Interoperability On The Horizon
Commentary  |  12/7/2005  | 
Oh, what the heck. I made a prediction for the New Year yesterday, so I'm on a roll. Here's another, albeit no so far fetched prediction: We will see true interoperability between the major instant messaging services in 2006. Hey! No fair, you cry. Microsoft and Yahoo! have already struck a deal to have their networks talking to each by mid next year. That's not a prediction, you say, it's just an expectation that they will carry through with the agreement. Well, yes and no. We're still waitin
Open-Source Directory Server Released
News  |  12/5/2005  | 
Fedora Directory Server, an offshoot of Red Hat's directory server, is fully open source and features 4-way multi-master replication and multi-platform support.
The Beginning Of The End For Spam
Commentary  |  12/5/2005  | 
Here's a shocking prediction: The volume of spam is going to fall off in 2006. Why? Because it has to. It will outlive its usefulness to spammers. It's become it's own worst enemy, too prevalent to be effective. Spam needs people to open e-mails and attachments, and no matter what new enticements are tried anymore, we don't trust them enough to do their bidding. Ok, some of us are still learning, but we've all had to deal with spam. We know what it looks like, smells like and feels like, even w
3Com Turns On The Switch To Advance VoIP And Security
News  |  12/5/2005  | 
3Com this week plans to launch a line of SMB and branch office LAN switches that add advanced features for VoIP and security.
A Thorny Tangle Of Blackberry Vines
Commentary  |  12/1/2005  | 
I can see it now. Your restraint has reached its breaking point. You are a nanosecond away from bursting into your boss's office and hurling forth with a resounding "I-told-you-so," the vehemence of which can result in only two outcomes, your firing or your promotion. There is no in-between. Ever since the first employee sparked a support ticket to get his Blackberry device hooked to the network, you've felt the ill wind of insecurity, knowing it was only a matter of time before mobile devices

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