Skype inside, roaming free, ShoreTel ecosystem, fixed-mobile convergence at home…

Looking to emulate the highly successful Asterisk ecosystem business model, IP-PBX pioneer ShoreTel has launched a partner program to extend the choice of integrated solutions available to customers. Skype Inside: First, an agreement between Toshiba and Skype will build Skype into Toshiba notebooks. Second, German mobile software company Shape Services has launched beta versions of IM+ for Skype software for Java phones, Symbian S60 and Palm OS. Home networking pioneer Netgear announced a … [Read more...]

Getting unified

Unified communications just got more interesting today. Mill Valley, CA-based CommuniGate today launched the Pronto! client interface, based on Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex 2. Targeting both businesses and service providers, Pronto! unifies all Internet communications — from e-mail and IM, to chat, rich media, and groupware — in a single client interface. Later today I'm going to get a demo. More to follow. VoIP pioneer Packet8 is also getting on the unified communications train, … [Read more...]

Business VoIP Migration: Evolution or Revolution

Should businesses take an evolutionary approach to VoIP? Or should they bite the bullet and completely replace their existing TDM systems? Sunnyvale, CA-based privately held ShoreTel, which has been selling IP-PBX systems for business for a decade, says ’replace.’ ShoreTel VP of Marketing, Steve Timmerman, is blunt. “The evolutionary approach is good for Avaya. It isn’t good for customers,” he says. “Nobody is investing in TDM anymore — it’s a dead end. The … [Read more...]