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Microsoft reportedly scrubbed an $8B bid for Slack

VoIP News June 7, 2016

Slack is the darling of the enterprise software world, and Microsoft reportedly considered buying it for a huge sum of money.

The tech giant was supposedly mulling a bid as large as US$ 8 billion before ultimately deciding against a purchase, according to a report in TechCrunch. An acquisition could have made sense for Microsoft, which has been picking up companies left and right over the past few years.

Slack is right in its wheelhouse, considering that Microsoft has purchased several other productivity-focused startups, including email app Acompli and calendar app Sunrise. Those deals formed the backbone for some of Microsoft’s newer productivity applications, including its Outlook app for iOS and Android. 

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Polycom brings a wide variety of video solutions to Microsoft Unified Communications

VoIP News June 5, 2016

Microsoft was a late entrant into the unified communication market. In a very short period of time, the company has jumped from relative obscurity to the No.2 market share vendor and now offers a robust premises-based solution with Skype for Business (formerly Lync) and burgeoning cloud service within Office 365. Microsoft’s best partner throughout this journey has been Polycom, which is the main supplier of IP phones to Microsoft Skype for Business or Office 365 customers.   

This week at the Enterprise Connect conference, Polycom made a number of announcements that expands the partnership to bring video to conference and huddle rooms. It seems a switch flipped inside Microsoft over the past six months.  Historically, Microsoft has seemed almost dismissive of the value of video, perhaps because so much energy was spent legitimizing Lync, now Skype for Business as a credible voice platform. Whatever the case, Microsoft seems to developed some religion around video and is looking to make a big push into conference and huddle rooms.

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Microsoft Flow allows apps to all work together

VoIP News May 30, 2016

Microsoft has tried in the past to make apps communicate, like with Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) in the 1990s. It worked, but in a limited fashion, allowing for linking data between Word and Excel. But if you wanted to share data from non-Microsoft apps, you were out of luck.

Now, however, Microsoft has come out with a service (it’s not right to call it an app) called Flow, which brings the If This Then That (IFTTT) functionality of the Web to desktop apps. IFTTT is a feature for Web services that generates actions based on conditions. It’s how Twitter informs you when someone follows you, likes your tweet or responds to your tweet, for example.

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