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Skype: Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Great Video Conferencing Debate: Cost Vs Quality


Section: Research
Free and low cost video conferencing services have widely been adopted by businesses, but there are limitations to the quality and reliability of these ‘consumer’ grade services. Until recently, ‘business grade’ video conferencing was widely considered cost prohibitive.   Recently with new solutions coming onto the market, it is possible for SMBs to experience a higher standard of video conferencing without the quality ...   read more

BT Kills Off Traffic Management


Section: News
BT has announced that it is to make all but its cheapest products truly unlimited with no restrictions on speeds to be made even at peak times. The move is intended to allow customers better streaming, gaming and using "other bandwidth-eating applications” without going over their download limits or receiving an inferior service. Whilst BT currently offer unlimited packages already, these are often restricted at busy times of the day so that people have trouble using s ...   read more

Microsoft Starts Lync-Skype Integration


Section: News
Microsoft has made a start on integrating Lync 2013 with Skype, according to multiple user reports doing the rounds on social networks and The Next Web news site. The company announced in February that it was to link the tw ...   read more

Microsoft's Skype takeover approved by EC


Section: News
Microsoft's $8.5 billion (£5.4 billion) takeover of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) specialist Skype has been approved by the European Commission (EC). The body has claimed that the acquisition would not restrict competition in the online communications technology marketplace because there is plenty of end user choice when it comes to VoIP solutions. Placeholder0In a statement issued by the EC, the organisation said: "The deal would not impede effective compe ...   read more

Remote workers account for 29% of global workforce


Section: News
According to a new worldwide study into employees’ views when it comes to the workplace, 29% of all workers in the Americas, EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions now work from home at least some of the week. The Kelly Global Workforce Index  (KGWI) found that most of the ...   read more

Skype Hit by Ransomware Worm


Section: News
A variant of the Dorkbot worm is infecting Skype users by sending malicious instant messages which are designed to infect Windows PCs. The message is sent bearing the legend ‘lol is this your new profile pic’ alongside a link which, when clicked, downloads zip files that contain executable files. This then infects the victim with a trojan, which in turn opens a backdoor allowing a remote hacker to take control of the machine and communicate with a remote server via HTTP. Follo ...   read more

Tablet Fever Will Boost Videoconferencing


Section: News
Nobody could have failed to notice the explosion in tablet devices this year, whilst Apple’s iPad remains the market leader at the moment, Kindle Fire, Surface and Nexus are all snapping at Apple’s heels attempting to knock them off their perch. According to new research from Forrester   read more

The hidden costs of ‘low cost’ video conferencing solutions


Section: Articles
Online video conferencing solutions like Skype, Oovoo, Google Talk and Yahoo! Messenger rose to prominence because they were mostly free (often with some minor fees for added features or certain international calls) and easy to use (often via proprietary downloadable software). These low cost services have been popular with the consumer market, and are widely used by start-ups and SMBs – Skype has over 663 million registered users, with approximately 37% of these estimated to be small b ...   read more

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