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TMCnet Unified Communications Week in Review

August 03, 2013

Let’s wrap up another tech week in news by looking at all of the latest headlines in unified communications.

A special report covered TMC CEO Rich Tehrani’s visit to this year’s CTIA show in Las Vegas where he met up with Infinite Convergence Solutions’ CEO, Anurag Lal.

Tehrani spoke with Lal about the company’s participation at CTIA, with Lal discussing its Rich Communications Suites.

“It is a feature friendly service that brings many benefits to the carriers and is compliant with GSMA’s RCS specifications,” Lal told Tehrani. He further highlighted the RCS messaging features like one-to-one and group chat, multimedia messaging (pictures, audio and videos) file transfer, and video-sharing, seamlessly integrating IP-based chat applications across mobile and desktop devices with cloud-based technology. In addition, it is reliable with high availability, said Lal.

In other news, word processing on the go is now easier thanks to a new product called Quip. Users can edit online or offline and the program adjusts to the size of screen being used, which means users don’t need to use a zoom feature. It also can be used for collaborative editing.

Quip comes to mobile from Facebook’s former CTO Bret Taylor.

"When we started this company, our goal was to create products for work that you actually enjoy using every day," Taylor and Kevin Gibbs, who used to work for Google, said in a recent blog post. "We think it's a shame that the apps we use at work are old, poorly designed, and bear the legacy of thirty years of feature creep and clutter. We think your time at work should be composed of the same delightful, beautiful experiences you've come to expect from modern mobile apps."

Last but not least, Logitech introduced its UC solutions 725-C for Cisco’s Jabber customers, and business-focused Logitech BCC950 Webcam and C930E Webcam solutions.

According to the company, this new portfolio helps users use video conferencing capabilities on their smartphones as well, particularly in India where UC adoption is slow due to high initial costs and unfamiliarity with the technology.

“India is a growing opportunity for conferencing-based solutions. Our intention is to make existing unified communication software easier to use,” said Sam Feng, director of product management at Logitech. “We try to be as platform agnostic as possible. We partner with Microsoft, Cisco, Huawei in China and Skype. We want more people to use the benefits of unified communication. The new solutions will also help business users to do personal and mobile conferencing.”

That’s it for this week’s unified communications week in review. Be sure to visit the unified communications community for up to the minute news on UC.  

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