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Microsoft previews free, updated Power BI business intelligence tool

Aiming at a mass business-user audience, Microsoft has released a preview of the next version of its cloud-based data visualization software, Power BI, with a promise to maintain a free option even after its general release.

By Scott M., Fulton III | 28 January, 2015 08:59

Tags: James Phillips, services, Microsoft, Computing services, reporting, business management

Dropbox buys Pixelapse to add version control for visual designers

Cloud sync-and-share company Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has snapped up startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for "tens of thousands" of visual designers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

By Matt Weinberger | 28 January, 2015 01:27

Tags: services, GitHub, dropbox, Application services, cloud computing, internet, cloud storage

Logitech expands video/audio gear for meeting rooms

Logitech today expanded its offerings in the videoconferencing/collaboration space with the launch of its ConferenceCam Connect device ($499.99). Combining an HD 1080p video camera with dual microphones and a speakerphone for 360-degree audio, the ConferenceCam Connect is aimed at small workgroup collaboration settings (up to six people). The device sits between the entry-level BCC950 unit ($249.99) and the upper-end ConferenceCam CC3000e ($999.99).

By Keith Shaw | 26 January, 2015 20:04

Tags: gadgets, consumer electronics, skype, Lithium, Microsoft, logitech, kensington, videoconferencing

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 January, 2015 07:14

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, IT outsourcing

Ravello promises enterprises cross-Cloud app flexibility

Part of the reason companies agonize as long and hard as they do over cloud decisions are the potential consequences to be suffered if it later turns out changes need to be made. Write an application and it's good for the particular cloud platform you've chosen; decide to move to a different platform, and you could have a world of pain ahead.

By Katherine Noyes | 22 January, 2015 12:52

Tags: services, Ravello systems, Computing services, cloud computing, internet

Cloud communications growing rapidly in Australian enterprises

Existing enterprise PBX systems reaching their end of life, the potential for CIOs to cut costs, increased vendor offerings and the consumerisation of IT are all pushing growth of cloud communications services in Australian enterprises.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 January, 2015 13:41

Tags: unified communications, telephony, Cloud, cloud computing

French newspapers go offline, but hosting company rules out DDoS as cause

High-profile French media websites went offline for a few hours Friday morning, prompting frenzied speculation about "unprecedented" cyberattacks -- but the hosting company behind the sites soon dismissed talk of a massive distributed denial-of-service attack.

By Peter Sayer | 17 January, 2015 02:39

Tags: services, security, Hosted, internet, Oxalide

Attention iPhone owners: Microsoft wants YOU

Microsoft today pitched a preview of a new Skype client to iPhone and iPad owners, asking for volunteers to test the software.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 January, 2015 05:32

Tags: mobile applications, skype, Microsoft, mobile, mobile apps

Microsoft cloud services provide construction firm with cost-savings, increased productivity

Chicago-based Walsh Group Construction is finding that buying into Microsoft's Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite is yielding a mixed bag of benefits -- better BYOD, cost-saving, time-saving, increased productivity -- but adopting the cloud services required a dose of blind trust in their security.

By Tim Greene | 15 January, 2015 01:35

Tags: services, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, software

Australia gets poor marks for connectivity satisfaction

Australians are the least satisfied mobile customers among nine developed and emerging countries surveyed in a Juniper Networks report.

By Adam Bender | 11 December, 2014 09:07

Tags: connectivity, Networking, customer satisfaction, Australia, mobile, rankings, juniper networks, broadband

Skype implicated in EU corporate income tax scandal

Skype used two Luxembourg companies and an Irish subsidiary to avoid paying corporate income tax during a five year period, according to documents detailing deals with Luxembourg tax authorities.

By Loek Essers | 11 December, 2014 01:03

Tags: business issues, skype, Microsoft, legal, government

Facebook, iPhone 6 and Kim Kardashian top Bing's 2014 search lists

With 2014 almost over, Microsoft has released its lists of the top searches on Bing and, so far, Apple's iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian are the year's big winners.

By Sharon Gaudin | 02 December, 2014 07:17

Tags: search, malaysia airlines, bing, Olympics, twitter, internet, search engines, Vine, Facebook, Apple, skype, Instagram, Microsoft

NSW Rural Fire Service cuts travel costs by using video conferencing

A video conferencing deployment by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in June 2014 has saved it thousands of dollars in transport allowances/accommodation as it no longer needs to send staff to headquarters in Lidcombe, Sydney for training.

By Hamish Barwick | 26 November, 2014 15:00

Tags: bushfire, Video Conferencing, NSW Rural Fire Service, polycom, bushfires

Court okays IT worker lawsuit over student visa work program

A federal court gave a green light last week to a lawsuit by a union and IT workers challenging a student visa work program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 November, 2014 08:13

Tags: services, Option, outsourcing, sega, IT outsourcing

Rise of Whatsapp could require regulatory reform: ACMA

Regulators should review telecom regulation as more consumers replace traditional telephony with over-the-top (OTT) services, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

By Adam Bender | 21 November, 2014 08:00

Tags: OTT, regulation, telecom, Telco, ACMA, Australian Communications and Media Authority, over-the-top

Australian media companies on notice: Here comes Netflix

The imminent arrival of Netflix in Australia could give heart palpitations to the Australian media companies, according to an Australian analyst.

By Adam Bender | 19 November, 2014 11:11

Tags: Streamco, Stan, movies, vpn, Australia, Quickflix, tv, netflix, video streaming, Presto

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: Early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows.

By Mary Branscombe | 19 November, 2014 01:56

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, skype, applications, Microsoft, Telephony/conferencing, browsers, software, internet

Microsoft schedules OneDrive rollout for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers

Microsoft on Monday promised that Office 365 ProPlus subscribers would have access to OneDrive for Business, the company's enterprise-grade cloud storage service, by the end of January 2015.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 November, 2014 01:10

Tags: skype, Microsoft, cloud computing, internet, cloud storage

Mitel drops ShoreTel bid

Customers of ShoreTel phones and unified communications gear can stop worrying that their lives might get complicated by a merger between the company and its rival Mitel.

By Tim Greene | 18 November, 2014 04:18

Tags: unified communications, Synergy, telecommunication, Networking, voip, Shoretel, Avaya

Forget the app; Microsoft rolls out Skype for Web

Microsoft announced today that it's launching a beta of Skype for the Web, allowing browser-based video chats that don't require a separate app.

By Sharon Gaudin | 15 November, 2014 05:37

Tags: Firefox, skype, Microsoft, internet

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