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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in May 2006
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Partners: Sun Job Cuts A Good Start
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Sun Microsystems says it is planning steep cuts in headcount and costs in order to return to profitability, leaving its channel partners wondering why the vendor hadn't done that long
Dell to Bundle Skype on new XPS Laptops
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Dell's decision to bundle Skype's video Internet calling software as an option to its new XPS notebook could backfire for the computer manufacturer.
Gartner: Skype Bugs Bad News For Enterprise
News  |  5/31/2006  | 
Gartner has previously recommended that enterprises stay away from Skype, and the analysts repeated that advice in this note.
The Ultimate Vendor Lock In
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
Apple has always managed to keep itself financially strong despite its propensity for locking consumers into its peculiar view of the world. But this probably goes just a bit too far......
WebEx Ships On Most Sony VAIO Laptops
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
With one click, users will have an option to create Web meetings where they can share documents, applications, video, whiteboards and desktops.
Review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR
News  |  5/30/2006  | 
It's the same TiVo you know and love, but with the new ability to record two channels at once, plus some other welcomed features.
Microsoft To Take On Cisco In Unified Communications
News  |  5/29/2006  | 
Microsoft???s move into what it calls "unified communications" will spark a turf war with powerful players, including PBX makers and Cisco Systems, that will all attack the market from their
Infonetics: IMS Market is Down, But Not Out
News  |  5/28/2006  | 
In a report to be released on Wednesday, Infonetics Research reports a drop in IMS shipments last quarter and identifies three emerging trends.
SMBs D-Link To Inexpensive IP Telephony
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
D-Link has always been a company that has provided SMBs with a variety of networking and connectivity solutions. Recently, the company launched the xStack IP Telephony DVX-1000 IP PBX???an IP-based
Microsoft: Less Than Half Of U.S. Adults Get It
News  |  5/26/2006  | 
Microsoft-sponsored survey found that fewer than 50 percent of U.S. adults are hip to the latest technology buzzwords and even fewer can say what VoIP, RSS or tagging mean.
StreamCast Sues eBay for $12.3 Billion
News  |  5/25/2006  | 
Streamcast named eBay and 21 other defendants in a multibillion lawsuit over misappropriating intellectual property.
Vonage Tanks In Market Debut
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Vonage's debut was the worst since nanotechnology company Lumera Corp., which lost 13.5 percent during its first day of trading in July 2004.
Avaya To Update Army Communications
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Communications network company Avaya Inc. has been selected as one of 10 companies to participate in a $4 billion U.S. Army project that will overhaul voice and data communications infrastructures
Review: 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2 Is Up And Running
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
Beta 2 of Microsoft's upcoming Office suite is out. It's bigger and better, but still a bit strange.
Cisco Flirts with Data Security & Microsoft Embraces SSL VPNs
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
Two interesting developments on the security front last week: Cisco is flirting with the database security business while Microsoft declared its love for SSL-based remote access....
Review: Casio EX-Z850
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
This new 8.1-megapixel, $399 Casio Exilim camera isn't perfect, but takes great shots, has massively long battery life and has plenty of cool features.
Security Vendors Unleash New Solutions To Protect IM, E-Mail
News  |  5/24/2006  | 
In recent weeks, numerous vendors, including Trend Micro and Postini, have announced solutions to combat an ever-widening messaging security crisis.
Yahoo IM Worm Hijacks Browsers, Plays Migraine Music
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
A worm running through Yahoo's instant messaging network is installing a browser of its own that leads users to adware and spyware sites.
Microsoft Live Mail Hits A Snag
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Microsoft has apparently hit some rough road with Windows Live Mail Beta, which is the eventual replacement for MSN Hotmail.
Six Reasons Not to Deploy VoIP
News  |  5/22/2006  | 
Why shouldn't you deploy VoIP? Read here and find out six reasons to tread carefully. Ignore them at your own risk.
Top Five Skype Tips
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
Need to get more out of Skype? You're not alone. But help is on the way --- we offer up our five most important Skype tips.
Skype Sick With Bad Bug, Must Be Patched
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
Skype rolled out an update Friday to quash a bug that can let attackers send a file to a recipient without his or her consent, and potentially obtain access to
Avaya workers may strike over job security
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
Union employees at Avaya Inc. set up informational pickets this week at the Avaya-Lucent corporate complex.
Wi-Fi: Yesterday and Today
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
In the IEEE, technical excellence is valued and often demanded, but increasingly, the process has as much to do with the economics of standards as with the merits of architectures.
Will Vista's Bulk Weigh Down the WAN?
News  |  5/19/2006  | 
As Vista's delivery date keeps getting pushed back, enterprises should use that time to figure out how to distribute the 3-GB software package.
Phone, Cable Companies Advised To Bundle More Services
News  |  5/18/2006  | 
Adding services to "triple-play" bundles could boost monthly revenue per subscriber, research shows.
Kicking The Microsoft Habit
News  |  5/18/2006  | 
Tired of the cost and security concerns that result from using Microsoft products? Not to worry -- solid alternatives abound.
Panasonic FX01
News  |  5/17/2006  | 
This convenient, flexible 6-megapixel digital camera is both thin and wide at the same time.
Viola Networks' NetAlly 5.0.19A
News  |  5/17/2006  | 
Voila Networks' NetAlly 5.0.19A software provides in-depth reports of network metrics such as latency, packet loss, jitter and throughput, which help you keep voice-over-IP performance at a high level.
Winemaker Stores No E-Mail Beyond Its Time
News  |  5/17/2006  | 
Foster's Wine Estates America's new e-mail management system provides the company with archiving to improve storage and access as well as e-discovery to help comply with regulatory audits.
Skype's Offer Of Free Calling: Desperation Or Smart Business?
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
Skype offers free SkypeOut calls to landline and mobile phones in the US and Canada -- and the move may be partly desperation, and partly a well-thought-out, long-term business plan.
AOL Gives Free Phone Numbers To Users Over 18
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
The service will have a unique "Do Not Answer Registry" giving users the ability to block unwanted calls.
Nortel CEO: No 'Fad Diet' In Turnaround Plan
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
Nortel Networks CEO Mike Zafirovski on Tuesday outlined plans to turn around the struggling networking and telecommunications company. At the same time, Nortel said it expects a wider loss for
Analysis: AGP versus PCI-e
News  |  5/16/2006  | 
It can be difficult to believe that AGP is still viable when almost every new graphics card makes its debut as a PCI-e model. So should we all just throw
IBM Bets Big On Open Source In Next Release Of Lotus Notes
News  |  5/15/2006  | 
The new version of Notes will include support for the open standard, XML-based OpenDocument Format (ODF), and will be the first major commercial collaboration client based on the Eclipse open
The Top Five Skype "Gotchas"
News  |  5/15/2006  | 
Skype can be a big time and money saver --- unless you do things incorrectly. Here are the five top things you need to watch out for when using Skype.
ShoreTel Targets Key Systems With New VoIP Features
News  |  5/15/2006  | 
ShoreTel Monday launched a new attack on the installed base of key telephone systems with an upgrade to its IP telephony platform that adds fundamental key system functionality.
Yahoo! Japan Service To Deploy 40-Gbit Link
News  |  5/12/2006  | 
Yahoo! BB, the Japan Yahoo! broadband service launched by Softbank BB Corp., is the first to use a native 40-Gbit/sec interface on the Cisco CRS-1 core router. National 40-Gbit
Exclusive Interview: Linksys Founder Says Time Is Right To Move On
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
Cisco Systems Thursday said Linksys founders Victor and Janie Tsao are leaving the consumer and SMB networking unit to help Cisco uncover business opportunities in China. Janie Tsao spoke with
Skype Offers Interpreting Service In 150 Languages
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
Skype has teamed up with two firms to provide an interpreters service in more than 150 languages for callers using the VoIP service.
Verizon Mulls Selling Two Large Landlines
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
Verizon confirms reports that the company has been discussing the sale of its landlines in two regions of the U.S.
Exploit Out For Exchange Bug
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
A security company with vulnerability expertise has released a denial-of-service exploit against Microsoft Exchange's calendar
BellSouth, Samsung Team On Broadband Devices
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
The companies have agreed to work together to create devices that converge broadband with voice and multimedia.
Beyond Outlook: Five Alternative E-Mail Apps
News  |  5/11/2006  | 
If you've had it with Microsoft's software, one of these five independent packages may suit your needs. We've asked five writers to advocate for their favorites.
WiredRed Adds Time Travel to Web Conferencing Tool
News  |  5/10/2006  | 
Will this key new feature help WiredRed catch up to Web, Microsoft and others?
Enterprise VoIP Use Will Double By 2010: Report
News  |  5/10/2006  | 
Enterprise adoption of VoIP technology in North America will double by 2010, with almost half of small and two-thirds of large organizations in North America be using it by then,
Chambers Points to U.S. Strength, Acquisition for Q3 Sales Growth
News  |  5/9/2006  | 
Cisco Systems Tuesday said continued strength in its U.S. business and a strong contribution from its recently-closed acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta helped fuel revenue growth of 18 percent for its third
VoIP Driving The Need For SSL VPNs: Survey
News  |  5/9/2006  | 
The need for VoIP security is an increasing important reason cited by enterprises for deploying SSL VPNs, according to a new report by market research firm Infonetics Research.
Dell Expands Storage Offerings
News  |  5/9/2006  | 
The PC maker rolls out systems with higher capacity and faster performance.
Microsoft Broadly Releases Windows Live Messenger Beta
News  |  5/9/2006  | 
Newly-released public beta has expanded PC-to-phone calling capabilities and collaboration features such as the ability to drag digital photos to the messaging interface.
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