Skype News & Analysis
| Thursday Mar 6, 2014
You can argue it if you want, but this week was all about SharePoint -- and little about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and AX. In fact, as one of our editors pointed out, there’s more SharePoint than you could shake a stick at — largely as a result of the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.
In no particular order, here are some of the items that either slipped under the radar or which caught our attention. There is also some mention of Microsoft Convergence Dynamics.
| Thursday Jan 30, 2014
It's hard to think of former President Bill Clinton as a SharePoint geek. But Clinton is always full of surprises — whether it's a spur-of-the-moment trip to Burma or an appearance at the Golden Globes.
So maybe his selection as the keynote speaker at SharePoint Conference 2014 isn't as random as it seems. Besides, conferences have long histories of selecting keynote speakers with little or no connection to the topics at hand.
| Friday Jan 24, 2014
Along with Windows XP, life support is running out for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. If your business is still running this 11-year-old mail, contact and calendar server, prepare to face a black hole when it comes to future problems.
With many businesses already using one of the server's three future generations — and with alternatives like Zimbra, Novell GroupWise and others — what will laggards pick when they finally move on? Cloud-based office solutions are just one appealing option.
| Friday Jan 3, 2014
Two popular online services are off to a good start in 2014 — for hackers, anyway.
One cyberattack involved Skype, the Internet calls service owned by Microsoft. The service's Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the service's blog page, displayed messages Wednesday purporting to be from the Syrian Electronic Army.
The other involved Snapchat, the Venice, Calif.- based messaging service. Hackers compromised about 4.6 million Snapchat accounts — and posted the phone numbers of affected users to a downloadable database on a website called snapchatdb.info.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise.
Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.
| Thursday Dec 19, 2013
Every day something in the digital office annoys a few hundred million workers. Not enough to stage a mass revolt, but just enough to ferment our collective disdain for technology.
Here's a wish list of things those of us at CMSWire would like developers, vendors and IT specialists to fix in 2014. Their cooperation will help save our souls from everything from the inevitable cloud outage to expletives over the latest snafu and personalized ring tones that sound like moose calls.
| Thursday Dec 12, 2013
Boasting claims of improved productivity and communications, Microsoft is offering a new Outlook.com tool to help small business users switch from Gmail.
Microsoft might also want to offer a similar feature for Yahoo Mail customers after recent problems that just seem to be growing worse.
| Wednesday Nov 20, 2013
The tech pages have been buzzing with gaming news in recent weeks, thanks to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. But if you're not a loyal fan, which one should you choose?
These five factors — and some simple truths the manufacturers probably don't want you to know — could sway your buying decision.
| Friday Aug 30, 2013
There’s a new communication service in town that is designed to make email and instant messaging more interconnected.
| Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
Microsoft Outlook.com Integration with Skype
Microsoft has announced that the integration of Skype and Outlook.com is now finally available in the US and Canada, as well as a number of European countries, having announced a preview version of the integration in the UK at the end of April.
| Thursday Aug 15, 2013
Skype will replace the Messenger app in Windows 8.1, making it Windows' centerpiece for communicating across all devices. Assuming Windows 8.1 takes over the desktop world, where does that leave other messaging services?
| Monday Aug 12, 2013
Skype introduces a few new features with its most recent iPad app update; one of which will be especially useful for those who use the video calling function.
| Monday Jun 17, 2013
After a four month beta test run, Skype today announced that its video messaging feature will now be available for all users.
| Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
Enterprise collaboration system tibbr has debuted a feature called Meetings, and it allows people to launch a videoconference using Skype, WebEx or Google Hangouts right from within an activity stream.
| Wednesday May 29, 2013
Skype and Microsoft Lync are now connected, and it means those who use the Microsoft communications network can now reach out to a wider audience of Skype users.