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Toshiba has a new cloud-based or hosted business telephone solution called VIPedge designed for small businesses as an alternative to purchasing an on-premises telephony system. Businesses can simply subscribe for a monthly service fee to access telephony system features and applications without having to deploy or maintain any system equipment on-site. Initially, Toshiba will target small businesses with up to 60 users, but plans to increase capacity later to 1,000 users. The service is available in the U.S., with expansion to Canada and other markets planned.

Just because business communications start off with a contact initiator doesn't mean the contact recipients don't have operational needs too. That applies to both real-time (synchronous) contact attempts, as well as the myriad of modes of asynchronous and near-real-time messaging that are increasingly available to all kinds of consumers doing business on the Internet.

InfoTrack, a provider of in-depth, primary research on enterprise communications, stated that its new five-year forecast indicated that U.S. spending on IP telephony (IPT) and unified communications (UC) will increase by an average of 10 percent per year with the spending on Hosted IPT services to be tripled by 2016.

Masergy has long been a proponent of cloud-based network visibility and control for large enterprises. To that end, the company has been adding new services to its portfolio to fill these needs. Its latest move to try and strengthen its position in this space is the acquisition of Broadcore Communications.

Arkadin is celebrating 20 years as a global collaboration service provider by launching a new brand identity and vision. The key role played by association technologies, sharing and combined intelligence for driving flourishing businesses in a global networked society is showcased by the new brand guidelines.

People following market trends can follow the many publicized accounts of Microsoft as an indication of what's to be expected with other U.S. enterprises in the industry. Or they can read the forecasts provided by reliable industry analysts to get a more descriptive prediction. T3i Group, for example.

Imogo Mobile Technologies Corp recently introduced its cloud-hosted ZaOffice suite of applications. The company's latest offering, which has been designed for use in both business and personal tablet computers, offers anytime, anywhere, and any-device access for tasks such as e-mail, document processing as well as a wide range of mobile phone activities. ZaOffice has been made available for online activation.

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