News roundup: Zoom reaches 1M users, Orange expands IaaS, Digium phones' custom apps

Zoom Video Communications announced it has reached more than 1 million participants worldwide, connecting more than 400,000 meetings and 3,500 businesses, in more than 2,500 cities worldwide since the company delivered its 1.0 release in February of this year. Founded in 2011, Zoom offers what it calls a "Unified Meeting Experience" -- providing cloud-based HD video meetings and mobile screen sharing for up to 25 people by connecting desktops, mobile devices and room systems. Zoom's with its 3-in-1 cloud service is priced at $9.99 per month.

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Commenting in a statement on the company's progress, Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom, said, "We've received overwhelmingly positive responses from our growing customer base. With the emergence in participants from both businesses and individual professionals, we know we've created the next evolution in cloud video collaboration that provides the ultimate affordable, unified, cross-platform meeting experience for everyone."

In other news, Orange Business Services has extended its Flexible Computing, an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offer, to data centers in North America and Asia; the service was previously available in Europe. Flexible Computing targets multinational corporations (MNCs) with networked cloud infrastructure services. The IaaS extension follows a similar Orange announcement made a month ago when it expanded its cloud-based unified communications as a service.

And in our third story, Digium has announced the general availability of the Digium Phone App Engine and Phone API Information Center for Digium IP phones. The tool include an applications engine that uses a free and open API, including a JavaScript API. It is designed to help developers create custom phone apps beyond simple XML pages, offering the capacity to integrate custom business processes such as emergency notifications, weather alerts, call center applications, CRM integrations, business process automations and social media integration.

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