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VOSS and LayerX partner up to improve UC management

Integrating the data created from the VOSS-4-UC suite with the LayerX analytic engine makes it easier to manage Unified Communications applications.

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IBM warns of rising VoIP cyber-attacks

IBM says common Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP and Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) are most common targets.

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Ooma adds Internet security service to VoIP platform

Cloud-based service can block malicious traffic, offer parental controls

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This new Skype bot lets you chat with Spock

Microsoft has made no secret of its grand plans for chat bots, and this week it rolled out five new ones for Skype. Surely the most fun is "Spock," a bot that promises to help you "learn the ways of Vulcan logic."

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The Netflix Effect and the API Effect: Parallel paths to disruption?

Will the API Effect be as disruptive as the Netflix Effect and fundamentally change how enterprise organizations obtain and use communications applications?

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Polycom accepts Siris Capital's $2B offer, cancels Mitel merger

Zeus Kerravala explains what to expect now that Polycom has accepted Siris Capital's offer and canceled the Mitel merger.

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You can now send files with Skype when the recipient is offline

Microsoft stepped up its battle with the armada of mobile messaging apps on Tuesday, announcing that Skype users can now send files to each other without the recipient needing to be online.

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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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Higher ed network managers talk headaches and rewards

Institutions of higher learning can often feel like self-contained worlds of their own, and their wireless networks are much the same – subject to unique demands and rules, the campus network is a distinctive challenge for the IT pro....

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Microsoft buys communication startup Talko, will shutter service in 2016

The collaboration and voice chat app Talko announced Monday that it has sold to Microsoft, which will be rolling its technology and team members into Skype.

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Voice over LTE 'gaining momentum globally,' report says

Mobile Network Operators are committing to migrate voice subscribers to IP-based Voice over LTE telephony, according to a new report.

Vonage to acquire iCore; Verizon’s free VoIP to mobile

Vonage plans to acquire privately-held iCore Networks, a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for businesses, for $92 million.

FCC sets new rules to govern PSTN transition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps last week to regulate the transition of legacy PSTN networks as telcos replace their copper with fiber and move their circuit switched networks to fully IP-based platforms.

FCC requires consumer protections in telephone transition to IP

Carriers must get permission from the FCC if they discontinue or reduce voice services during the change

FCC Chairman proposes rules for telco transition to VoIP

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a set of guidelines that start the process to regulate telephone companies as they transition from a legacy TDM voice infrastructure to IP-based real time communications. Wheeler’s rules will be up...

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

Carriers would be required to give customers warning before retiring their copper-based networks, under an agency proposal

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Consumers prefer Wi-Fi calling, survey finds

Wi-Fi calling from Mobile Network Operators is proving hugely popular among consumers, according to an Ericsson survey.

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FCC grants VoIP service providers equal access to telephone numbers

The FCC this morning announced that going forward VoIP service providers such as Vonage will no longer be second-class citizens when it comes to the doling out of telephone numbers.

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