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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 Singh Pall. ‘Parlano’s expertise added to Microsoft’s unified communications offering will deliver customers the most complete instant messaging and group chat product.,’ he added. ... (more)

Canoo Open Source WebTest 2.0 Released

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)

Web 2.0 Journal: Blogging Software Provider Six Apart To Partner With Bokee

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

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 Customers Shape Web 2.0

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)