Top Stories of the Week – July 28, 2012

Lync platform used by MindLink for social network business

Instead of the traditional SharePoint as their collaboration point, MindLink have opted to use Lync’s unified communications platform for their social sharing. The principal difference is that those who use SharePoint as a social platform fill in the gaps and loopholes, while MindLink have built their social platform around Lync, a unified communications solution from Microsoft.

Sundance Channel launches in Thailandand Mainland China

 Sundance Channel will be seen for the first time in Thailand on TrueVisions, the country’s leading pay-TV operator and the second biggest DTH platform in Southeast Asia. AMC/Sundance Channel Global has declared new distribution deals for Sundance Channel in Asia and extended on demand offerings in Europe.

Skype vehemently denies it has changed privacy policy to help law enforcement

In a recent blog post, a Skype executive gives a detailed rebuttal of media reports that the voice and video service, now part of the giant Microsoft, changed its policies to assist law enforcement snoop on calls.

Skype has released a vigorous defense of its privacy policies and denies allegations made in some media reports that it has modified the architecture of its service to help law-enforcement efforts to monitor calls.

“Some media stories have suggested Skype may be acting inappropriately or based on ulterior motives against our users' interests. Nothing could be more differing to the Skype philosophy," stated Mark Gillett, chief development and operations officer at Skype, in a blog post.

Avaya expands leadership in China's IP telephony market according to report

Avaya increased its market share from 28.9% to 32.1% in 2011, 8 points ahead of their nearest competitor. Avaya Aura and Avaya IP Office have expanded wide acceptance and popularity among enterprises of different sizes, according to research firm, Frost & Sullivan.

Hosted IP telephony getting ready for mainstream enterprise adoption

IP telephony adoption has advanced slowly for more than 10 years, but with hosted voice vendors now providing many modular consumption models and shifting away from simply viewing hosted voice as a method to sell broader unified communications (UC) solutions, organizations and companies can now pursue IP telephony services as a highly scalable stand-alone service.

While a comparison of the financial cases for customer-owned or vendor-hosted IP telephony service should be diligently performed on a case-by-case basis, recent market developments, improved service offerings, and deployment methodologies have made a significant opportunity for mainstream corporate adoption of hosted voice services.

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