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Microsoft named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for both Unified Communications and UCaaS

Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate. Reviews are spread across many verticals including...

LogiPolytronics? Could Logitech buy Plantronics

  A bit of fun with the name (hat tip to my friend Jonathan McKinney), but it looks like Logitech may be looking to buy Plantronics (who recently bought Polycom) in a report from reuters. This would be interesting from a Microsoft perspective, where Logitech, Plantronics and Polycom have all been long term partners. Update, Nov. 26th: Logitech have confirmed to CNet that they were in talks...

Plantronics completes acquisition of Polycom, moves forward as a single company

First reported on at the end of March,  Plantronics has announced the deal is now complete. Polycom will become part of Plantronics, moving forward as a single company. Their portfolio will span headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services. “The acquisition of Polycom will accelerate and expand Plantronics’ vision and enable it to deliver the broadest...

New Polycom VVX phones, optimized for open SIP platforms and for Skype for Business Server deployments

    Polycom has announced a series of new phones, the VVX150 (not listed with SfB server support), VVX250, VVX350 and VVX450. VVX 250 4-line Desktop Business IP Phone with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports VVX 350 6-line Desktop Business IP Phone with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports VVX 450 12-line Desktop Business IP Phone with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports It seemed they are more...

Plantronics to Acquire Polycom for $2 billion

Exciting news in the Unified Communications space, Plantronics and Polycom today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Plantronics will acquire Polycom in a cash and stock transaction valued at $2.0 billion From: Accelerates and expands Plantronics vision and market opportunity to be the preferred communications and collaboration touch point Creates the broadest...

Actiance, Microsoft certified Skype for Business compliance vendor, acquired by K1 and merged with Smarsh

  Mergers and acquisitions really are in the air in the UC and Collab space. Cisco recently bought Broadsoft, Sonus merged with Genband and Verint bought Verba. Now K1, an investment firm has bought Actiance and are combining them with Smarsh. I’ve not come across Smarsh before, but Actiance is a common compliance platform for Skype for business, particularly in Finance. They also have...

Sonus, Microsoft Certified SBC provider, merges with Genband and renamed Ribbon Communications

Interesting news today, Sonus, best known in our world as one of the leading providers of certified gateways/session border controllers for Skype for Business, has announced completion a merger with Genband. Genband is more in the carrier space so don’t conflict too much with Sonus, especially not in the enterprise space. From what I’ve heard its Business as usual in the Sonus space. The company...

Workplace by Facebook going after Enterprise and WhatsApp going after Business to Consumer

The Unified Communications and Collaboration space never fails to stay interesting. Originally it felt like we had distinct categories of solution: Unified Communications – IM/Chat, Voice, PSTN/Phone, Video and conferencing Collaboration  – persistent chat around a “topic” (team messaging), working on a project/document together, team workspace, shared files Enterprise Social –...

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news