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  • May 23, 2013
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    UC Architects make a splash with their new Windows Phone App 2

    It's nice to have some help to filter the mass of information that we have to cope with on a daily basis. The fine people known as "the UC Architects" have made a Windows Phone app available. Those of you who insist on using i* devices or Android can use their podcast feed. And there's more because Microsoft has updated its RSS feed for Exchange. All good stuff!...More
  • Mar 4, 2013
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    Lync 2013 Moves Closer to the Cloud for UC

    Last week, as expected, Microsoft introduced the new business editions of Office 365. This launch followed closely after the Microsoft Lync Conference the previous week, so it's worth highlighting that the version of Lync Online included in the latest Office 365 editions will be Lync 2013. Perhaps the question is whether companies are ready to seriously consider the cloud for unified communications (UC) deployments -- and whether Lync 2013 in Lync Online will give customers enough to really consider it to meet their UC needs....More
  • Feb 28, 2013
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    Lync 2013 Brings the Human Element to Online Meetings

    Here's a technology truism: You can have an absolutely phenomenal technology, but without user adoption, it's still a failure. And I'm not just talking about IT departments implementing a technology; I mean actually getting end users to embrace that technology. At the Microsoft Lync Conference last week in San Diego, one of the big messages was how Lync 2013 was intended to be "people-centric," with much of the focus in keynotes and sessions on the new and enhanced user features for unified communications (UC). It seems Microsoft, or at least the Lync team, has end-user adoption in its sites."Ultimately, it's all about the changing human interaction, the way people communicate, and really being able to provide an environment that makes them comfortable," said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for Lync product marketing. Mezgec knows that the "bits and bytes" are important for IT pros, but it's equally important to remember the user experience. "They don't want to be constricted. They want to have the flexibility of looking at the information that they want. Bringing that experience in an environment that makes them feel like a natural extension of what they do already is so important to really foster adoption."...More
  • Feb 7, 2013
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    Office 365 for Business: What to Expect for 2013

    Microsoft continues to plow forward with its cloud strategy and the move to become a devices and services company rather than a simple purveyor of software....More
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