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Microsoft rolls out initial preview for Skype for Business Mac, but there's not much it can do yet

Microsoft continues to expand the capabilities of Skype for Business. It will soon be heading to Macs, as the vendor introduced the preview of the appropriately named Skype for Business Mac this week.

Voxox launches first product with new VoIP codec

Unified communications vendor Voxox is looking to put a unified communications system in your pocket. The company unveiled an Android and iOS mobile app for the Voxox Cloud Phone intended to be a complete business phone system for small businesses.

Sonus brings security to Skype for Business via Cloud Connector integration

Sonus Networks is the latest vendor to connect its own offerings with Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition. With Sonus Cloud Link, the vendor is offering enterprises security over its Skype for Business communications through a single appliance.

Revolv shows the risks of IoT services

As enterprises consider how to make use of the Internet of Things and decide which IoT-enabled devices they want to add to their networks, it's also important to consider what happens should the service behind those devices suddenly stop. It's a similar problem to subscribing to cloud services.

Video still doesn't feel as natural as making a phone call

For whatever reason, I clearly remember the first time I made a voice call on my computer. It was clunky, not the easiest thing to use and the quality was poor. It was hard to imagine then that eventually VoIP would become one of my preferred communication platforms, but today, I make most of my business calls using Skype.

SDS is on the rise, but SDN is still early in the adoption cycle

Software-defined cloud NAS vendor SoftNAS is attributing 330 percent year-over-year revenue growth to an accelerated software-defined storage market. Although that's probably only part of the story, it does appear to be evidence of the growth of software-defined storage.

Be curious to avoid being blindsided by networking developments later

There's a certain balancing act to follow when working as a network technology professional, as Leon Adato, the network management head geek at SolarWinds, reminded me this week. Although there are plenty of "newfangled" technologies on the horizon, many of them aren't yet "baked," Adato told me.

Facebook's Open Compute Project gains a big win at Equinix

Facebook's Open Compute Project scored a big win this week as data center and interconnection company Equinix rolled out elements of OCP technology within its International Business Exchange data centers.

Can Facebook give enterprise social networking life?

Enterprise social networking may finally get its chance to shine. According to a Fortune article, Facebook is getting ready to release its business-focused social network product in the next few months.

Has Eero solved the home Wi-Fi user's connectivity woes?

I like the simplicity of what Eero promises, but it also strikes me as a problem that could be much more affordable with a few more traditional home routing problems and a little bit of networking know-how. Even so, the reviews so far are quite favorable. The Engadget review, for instance, is practically a love letter to the device.