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AT&T To Acquire Conference-Provider Interwise

AT&T Inc. announced today that it has agreed, through one of its subsidiaries, to acquire privately held Interwise Inc., a leading global provider of voice, Web and video conferencing services to businesses. AT&T will pay approximately $121 million in cash for the company. The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, strategically […]

ThinkEngine Unveils Updated Conferencing Software

ThinkEngine Networks Inc. said Tuesday Release 3.0 of its conferencing software is generally available. Enhancements to the software include the ability to create a set of conferencing capabilities that can be assigned to subscribers; to block certain numbers from dialing into the service; and to emulate other competitors call flows. The softwares operator assistance and […]

IBM Acquires WebDialogs

IBM said Wednesday it has acquired privately held Web conferencing company WebDialogs Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Billerica, Mass.-based WebDialogs has more than 500,000 users and offers online meeting and collaboration services that combine Web and audio conferencing. IBM said with the acquisition of WebDialogs it is adding a software-as-a-service delivery model to Lotus Sametime […]

Verizon Business Introduces Collaboration Calculator

Verizon Business introduced Tuesday a new Collaboration Calculator, a tool that the company said will allow organizations to measure how well their members work together and gauge how to improve collaboration. The Web-based tool, developed by Frost & Sullivan, is designed to help large businesses and government agencies measure the effectiveness of existing collaborative initiatives […]

Cisco Snaps Up WebEx for $3.2 Billion, Positions to Fend off Microsoft

Cisco Systems Inc. will acquire Internet conferencing market leader WebEx for $3.2 billion, it said Thursday. The deal will give Cisco an on-demand Web conferencing expertise to complement its ongoing unified communications rollout, particularly in the SMB segment. It also positions Cisco to fend off deepening competition from Microsoft Corp. Cisco and Microsoft have both […]

The Conference Group Goes Multimedia, Extends Global Reach

The Conference Group has announced a repackaging of functionality with ReadyShowMulti-Media, a combined audio and Web conferencing service. The converged offering is available as a private-label service to CLECs and other resellers. We have always incorporated the Web conferencing service into our reservationless audio bridge, but at an incremental cost, explained Greg Plum, The Conference […]

Polycom to Acquire SpectraLink

In a bid to meet IP mobility demand, equipment maker Polycom Inc., said Wednesday it will acquire SpectraLink Corp. for about $220 million in cash. Boulder, Colo.-based SpectraLink makes wireless telephone and messaging systems for businesses. Polycom, which is based in Pleasanton, Calif., will purchase the outstanding shares of SpectraLink stock for $11.75 each. The […]

Vapps, Windows Live Messenger Align for Free Conference Calling

Vapps has made an alliance with Windows Live Messenger to offer free VoIP conference calling to Windows Live Messengers 255 million users. The deal was announced on Thursday at the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Windows Live Messenger, a paid service, is the next version of MSN Messenger and considered one […]

Intelliverse Launches Wholesale Feature-Rich IP Centrex Targeting SMBs

Intelliverse is returning to its business-customer roots with a new service called Talking Planet Business. The hosted VoIP service, which will be distributed exclusively through Intelliverse service provider channel partners, is an IP Centrex service including such features as auto attendants and conference bridging. The service usually includes four-port and eight-port integrated access devices and, […]

Vapps Provides Free Conference Calling to Yahoo! Messenger With Voice Users

Vapps Inc. is extending its free conference calling platform to Yahoo! Messenger with Voices 80 million users worldwide, the global infrastructure supplier of VoIP conference calling solutions announced on Monday. Yahoo! Messenger with Voice provides users with free conference calling through ConFreeCall, provided by Vapps. With beginnings as a back-end conference calling provider, our team […]

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