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Unified Communications Week in Review: Microsoft, Verizon and More

December 12, 2015

Welcome back the Unified Communications week in review, where we cover the industry trends, analyses, and reports that made the news this week. We’re unwinding after a relatively active week in the market. Two major names – Microsoft and Verizon – made a splash this week, followed by our reports on a new workplace productivity model and a look at the year ahead. Let’s get into it:

Microsoft led off the week. Writer Oliver VanDervoort reported the tech giant has officially established supremacy the Dutch VoIP and UC market. Skype for Business now accounts for 25.6 percent of all VoIP/UC users in the Netherlands, edging out Cisco by just over 6 percentage points. Check out the article for the full scoop on Europe’s market.

Microsoft also made our list with its newest Skype for Office updates. The popular service now features enhanced conferencing capabilities, a bolstered cloud presence, and automatic voice routing. Check out the report for all the technical specs on Microsoft’s latest and greatest.

Verizon made headway with their UC&C portfolio; it’s added audio conferencing to their existing Cisco solutions. Executive Editor Paula Bernier brings you the hard news, along with her take on what that means for the company.

We wrapped up this week with two thought pieces. The first, by Peter Scott, reported on the productivity cube model of office prioritizing. Scott really breaks down the specifics, but here are the basics: the productivity cube is a heuristic for balancing technology, behavior, and workplace culture. It uses a pretty fascinating schematic to help new learners visualize the process, too. If you struggle with work prioritization, that article is definitely for you.

And finally, Rory Lidstone took us into the future with his predictions for Business Communications in 2016. It’s already time to start thinking about our new year strategies, and Lidstone’s piece may help you set some early, ambitious goals.

That’s it for our week in review coverage. Be sure to check in with Unified Communications early and often next week. We’ll be waiting.  

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