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01
DEC 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 04:55 AM EST

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Microsoft Lync: "The era of the PBX, folks, is over"

Says Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft Lync & Speech Group corporate vice president. This week, Microsoft Lync, formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server, becomes available for purchase. First Kinect, and now Lync. Are we seeing the beginnings of a recurring pattern here? I can't wait for Microsoft Unyte and Microsoft Joyn. To end users, Lync will be an application that combines video, IM, presence, conferences, and whiteboard sessions. To Microsoft, Lync is a project more than 5 years in the making. I sat through the company's lengthy keynote presentation, and thought you might be interested in hearing a little (or a lot) about this new unified communications solution.

18
NOV 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 04:06 PM EST

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iPhone and Google Apps Users Beware (or Rejoice): Google Voice Wants In!

Long story short, about 16 months ago, Google submitted their Google Voice app to the App Store for consideration. Apple was less than thrilled about the similarities between the app and the native 'Phone' application. The FCC got involved and a back-and-forth began between the two companies. Despite what Google said about 'openness' and Android, Apple went with this:

The Google Voice app was put into a state of limbo for over a year. In that time, however, Google was still able to get a working version of their Voice service into the hands of a lot of people with Gchat integration and an HTML 5 version that was available to iPhone users.

17
NOV 2010

Posted by Nicole at 10:02 AM EST

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Google Voice App Released: CNET Review Says "Slightly Underbaked"

Google recently announced the release of the Google Voice app for the iPhone. What some may not know is that this app stirred up a lot of controversy last year. And, now that it's here, what are reviewers saying? Back in the summer of 2009, the Apple store rejected the Google Voice app along with other Google Voice related apps, citing "duplicate features that come with the iPhone,” according to TechCrunch, who broke the story. Apple's action sparked the FCC's interest. Eventually, on July 31, 2009, the FCC wrote a letter to Apple, beginning: "Recent press reports indicate that Apple has declined to approve the Google Voice application for the iPhone and has removed related (and previously approved) third-party applications from the iPhone App Store.

08
NOV 2010

Posted by Eric Tamme at 01:20 PM EST

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Is "Unified Communications" a Real Step Towards Unity?

This blog is by Eric T, an Engineer at Junction Networks. It seems that every other day, if not more frequently, I read some industry website that is heralding the advent of "Unified Communications" (UC) through some new product launch. In my opinion, Unified Communications is a term so wildly lofty and vague that it brings tears of joy to marketing teams eyes when they get the chance to brandish it about in white papers and trade show slicks. Let's take a moment to figure out what exactly Unified Communications is.

UNIFY

transitive verb : to make into a unit or a coherent whole : unite

COMMUNICATION

noun : a process by which information is exchanged between individuals This leaves much to interpretation. Many companies sell UC as systems:

04
NOV 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 04:31 PM EDT

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28
OCT 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:47 PM EDT

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Asterisk 1.8 Supports Google Voice: What Does This Mean?

A big release of Asterisk, the open source PBX software platform, was announced last week, creating some buzz in the industry. “’Asterisk 1.8 is the first Long Term Support release since version 1.4,’ said Russell Bryant, Digium's lead Asterisk developer. ‘It includes hundreds of enhancements, many of which will help community members building large-scale solutions,’” quotes Financial Tech Spotlight. For those who are unfamiliar with the term Long Term Support (LTS), it generally means a stable distribution of software that will be maintained by the company (security updates, hardware compatibility) until the next LTS version is released. The last LTS version of Asterisk, version 1.4, was released in 2006 (Source).

25
OCT 2010

Posted by Nicole at 10:39 AM EDT

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Skype Cuts Off Another VoIP Mobile App, Nimbuzz

For everyone who knows about Fring, this will come of no surprise: Skype recently stopped Skype network access for another chat/VoIP client, Nimbuzz. According to the Nimbuzz website, their "application enables people to enjoy free & low cost mobile calls, free instant messaging, social networking and other rich communication features, using the internet capabilities of the their mobile device." Users are able to add friends on several different networks (Gchat, Facebook, AIM, ICQ, etc.) for chatting and calling. Up until today, that included Skype.

11
OCT 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 11:43 AM EDT

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06
OCT 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:04 PM EDT

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28
SEP 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:04 PM EDT

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Philosophical Reasoning for Open Source by Steven Johnson

As a whole, we've been pretty transparent about our support for open source technologies. OnSIP is built on open source, including Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, OpenSIPS, and others. And, we regularly contribute back to the open source community, as recently described in a NetworkWorld article: "Doing so is ultimately rewarding for us because we don't need to carry our changes to new versions, and the open source applications we depend upon will prosper," said our CTO, John Riordan. Of course, this reasoning is shared by several other members in the open source community. But, it's nice to see these principles explained beyond the context of software development... and then brought right back to shun software patents in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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