Industry Updates

News Updates (December 18, 2009)

Twitter in 2009 … My end of year post on Messaging News is about the most significant event in collaboration in 2009. “The most significant event for me in 2010 was observing the adoption and use of Twitter. The technically correct explanation of “saying what you’re doing or thinking in 140 characters or less” has been enthused with people all over the world sharing observations, sharing links to blog posts and articles, engaging in conversations with others, reaching out for help, forming groups around shared interests, telling jokes, goading others publicly, and a whole lot more. Talk about huge opportunities for serendipitous discovery! It’s become the new place to communicate, coordinate and collaborate—in some ways—with other people. If you’re not there, you’re missing out on a lot of insightful conversation and banter. Head over to; you’ll find me there as @collabguy.More

SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 … Larry offers 6 insights into the interaction between SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. Eg, #3, “Office 2010 can save documents to SharePoint as quickly as C: (even with SharePoint Online) – The Office 2010 client applications have a new feature that caches documents in local storage and communicates to SharePoint 2010 through the MS-FSSHTTP protocol. In short, the Office client application only communicates changes made to the file (not the whole file) to SharePoint. This will make the save operate very fast.More

Desca and Cisco … Desca announced that it is now an authorized partner for Cisco TelePresence. “Desca, a leading technology integration services company, today announced that it has earned the TelePresence Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco for the Central America North South America Caribbean (CANSAC) region. The ATP designation validates Desca’s role as a visual communications solutions provider and places the company among a select group of LATAM partners with the skills to distribute, design, install and support Cisco TelePresence solutions regionally.More

New Polycom Gear … Polycom announced new enhanced telepresence offerings. “Polycom immersive telepresence products include the Polycom RealPresence(TM) Experience (RPX(TM)) line, the most immersive telepresence solution on the market, which provides a “same room” collaboration experience for up to 28 people in each location; the Polycom Telepresence Experience(TM) (TPX(TM)) line, which provides an “across-the-table” experience for meetings; and the Polycom Architected Telepresence Experience(TM) (Polycom ATX), which is a highly customizable telepresence kit that can be adapted for specific room environments and unique application requirements by qualified audio/visual systems integrators. Polycom also offers a range of room telepresence products for small to large meeting rooms and personal telepresence products for executive offices and desktops.More

NewsGator and SharePoint … Barb interviewed J.B Holston from NewsGator about their integration with SharePoint. “NewsGator is one of only a few companies that builds their solution directly on top of SharePoint. In doing so, it enables them to take advantage of platform level functionality to build advanced capabilities like micro-blogging, communities and mobile — things that are in demand.” Holston says that the conversation with enterprises has changed over the past 12 months: “Now, Holston says, the focus has changed to deploying solutions enterprise wide and getting the highest return stories for initial deployments (which are usually one or two elements of social computing like micro-blogging).More

Rick on Windows 7 … Rick’s having some problems with Windows 7. “Let me first state that I’m impressed and generally satisfied with my Windows 7 64-bit experience. It is indeed a much better operating system than we’ve seen from Microsoft since DOS…. Now that the honeymoon is over, I see some of the same unstable behaviors of Windows past. I’m convinced Windows has multiple personality disorder. Has the constant inbreeding finally caught up? (All in good fun, folks)!More

Other Items
– The RIM BlackBerry is still the leading smartphone in the US, for October 2009. The Apple iPhone is now #2, ahead of Windows Mobile.
– Apple is experiencing resounding success with the iMac line, with a 74% year-on-year jump.
– Microsoft released on offer for organizations thinking about upgrading to SharePoint 2010.
– Timbuk2 released a new bag for netbooks.

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