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Microsoft Accelerates Dynamics CRM Release Cycle to Expand Functionality Quicker

Without saying why, Microsoft (news, site) has announced that it is accelerating its Dynamics CRM release cycle in a new Statement of Direction (SoD) that envisages releases on a biennial basis rather than on the current three-year cycle that it currently uses.

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: Skype Sold to Microsoft, Yammer Desktop 2.0 Released

Lots of big news in the enterprise world this week, including Microsoft's very, very pretty penny for Skype and the release of Yammer Desktop 2.0. 

Ballmer Defends Microsoft on its $8.5B Skype Deal

Microsoft (news, site) has been going around the media since the announcement of the Skype deal, defending and explaining the benefits of the purchase.

Microsoft/Skype Press Conference: Service Will Still Support Non-MS Hardware

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Microsoft (news, site) has confirmed that it is buying Skype, making the product ubiquitous across MS's Windows universe, Xbox games consoles and phones. But what have the two companies got to say for themselves, as they speak in public for the first time?

Enterprise Collaboration: Microsoft Buys Skype for US$ 8.5 Bil

skype_logo.png The world of enterprise collaboration and the social enterprise is in for a turn, as Microsoft grabs VOIP and collaboration vendor Skype in a deal valued at US$ 8.5 bil. Last week, all the talk was of Google or Facebook buying Skype for something like US$ 4-5 billion, but Redmond has trumped them both with a monster offer.

A Week in Google: Voice Search on Google.com, a Bigger App Market than Apple & Winning Over Skype

This week we wondered who would benefit most from acquiring Skype, and whether or not size matters in the app department. 

Viber Brings HD Voice to Android, as Skype Talks To Facebook/Google

viber_logo_2011.jpgViber (news, site) is the coming-up-on-the-rails alternative to Skype that offers better quality calls and is now available to the massive Android army.

Will Facebook or Google Buy Skype After Talks?

While there have been rumors before associating Google with Skype, Facebook with Skype and Skype with other companies in the VoIP space, a report from global news agency Reuters that Skype is in talks about either a partnership, or acquisition, with one or the other of the two is a little bit more concrete than previous whisperings.

Skype To Go: Taking the Internet Out of VoIP

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Skype's (news, site) new service helps users make calls from any phone, regardless of type, via a special phone number system.

Facebook Messenger to Challenge Skype

facebook_msgr.jpg Facebook's (news, site) new Messenger App could blow a big hole in existing VoIP services and wreck the market for newcomers.

Viber Tops Skype with HD VoIP

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Last year, Viber made a fair impact as an mobile app alternative to Skype VoIP. With a new technology partner on-board, could it now be about to go stellar? 

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: New Social Business Networks & Social Business Initiatives

Lots of big news in the E2.0 world this week! Read on for details on everything from the grand opening of an entire social network for the enterprise (Chatter.com) to IBM's new social business initiative. 

3 Ways Skype 5 Enables Enterprise Collaboration

Unified communications experts generally see Skype (news, site) as more a consumer service than an enterprise-level solution, yet Skype continues to court the world of business with a number of professional features and the recent partnership with Avaya. In case you've been sleeping on the news, here's a quick look at how the platform can help out at the work place: 

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: Social Race to IPO Targets Business, Skype Sweetens Mobile Video

The social world is all about going public as of late, but what does that mean for business? Meanwhile, new solutions continue to arrive in waves, the latest coming from everyone's favorite VoIP company (cue group video chat).

Skype Ups Mobile Video Ante, Adds Group Video Calling

It looks like Skype (news, site) is preparing for a good year. The VoIP company announced the acquisition of Qik's mobile video software technology at this week's CES conference in Las Vegas.

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