As it continues to build out its "unified communications" offering, Microsoft
has swooped to buy Parlano, the US-based company spun out of Swiss bank UBS
to develop and market the MindAlign group chat application used by Deutsche
Bank, Putnam Investments and others.
It will be adding the group chat feature to Microsoft Office Communications
Server and Microsoft Office Communicator.
‘Parlano has been successful in meeting the communications needs of
companies in financial services and other vertical markets,’ said
Microsoft’s corporate vice president of unified communications Gurdeep
‘Parlano’s expertise added to Microsoft’s unified
communications offering will deliver customers the most complete instant
messaging and group chat product.,’ he added.
Canoo, a Web front-end application development company delivering
Java-based software consulting services announced that a new major release of
WebTest is available for download. WebTest is a free open source tool for
automated testing of web applications.
WebTest project manager Dierk König commented, “We’re pleased to
see the community response we’ve been experiencing in our open source
project. I would like to thank all WebTest committers that have contributed
to this release. Due to our committers’ dedication and our automated
build process, as well a... (more)
Six Apart, provider of the blogging software , has partnered with Bokee,
blog hosting company in China, to make it easy for Chinese businesses to
communicate with their customers and for employees to communicate internally
through blogging. Under an agreement announced today, Bokee will localize and
distribute Movable Type, Six Apart’s leading web publishing platform,
to Chinese businesses and educational institutions, beginning in Q2.
Movable Type has become the preferred platform for business blogging, with
companies across the globe using the installable software to easil... (more)
Microsoft releases Windows Live Messenger, which goes beyond the traditional
instant messaging (IM) service, enabling people to connect and share, with
free PC-to-PC calls and inexpensive calls from a PC to phones around the
world, video calling, easy sharing with Sharing Folders, and more.
“Windows Live is all about giving consumers the tools and services they
need to be in control as they stay connected to the people they care about,
on top of the information that is important to them, and better protected
across all their online activities,” said Martin Taylor, corpo... (more)
Sun Microsystems has announced new customer adoption of its breakthrough Sun
Fire server family with CoolThreads technology. DigiTar, Joyent and Fotolog
represent a new crop of Web 2.0 customers that have recently moved to the
UltraSPARC T1 processor-based Sun Fire server line running the Solaris 10
Operating System(OS), the most advanced OS on the planet, to both support
their growing online operations and to lower power, cooling and space costs
significantly in their datacenters.
DigiTar, a global leader in Web 2.0 and advanced messaging services, received
a Sun Fire T2000 serv... (more)