The pictures of people not practicing social distancing are disturbing. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, one would hope some version the old saying, “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins,” (attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., John Stuart Mill, Abraham Lincoln and others) would apply now more than ever. In short, liberty for health, keeping civil order and a myriad of other reasons has boundaries.
In my time watching the enterprise networking business, text has gone from pariah to panacea. I still recall when “Text” meant AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) and most large companies actually had a policy banning its use in offices. Apparently the OFICs (i.e. “Old Farts in Charge”) saw their kids playing around with AIM instead of doing their homework, and the boss didn’t want any of those shenanigans on company time.
I have been a strong advocate of the web-based transformation that WebRTC will introduce to real time communications. In the UC world, we have seen an increasing number of traditional telecom apps, new UC/Workflow entrants like Spark and Circuit, as well as a range of new applications and integration come into the market with WebRTC. But for the last three years, the first comment that the naysayers have made is that Microsoft and Apple do not support WebRTC.
In what seems like a major case of déjà vu, the term "WiMAX" has miraculously popped up in the papers this week. For those with short memories (or those who don't bother remembering failed technologies), WiMAX or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, was a standard for fixed and mobile wireless Internet access that had a short and uneventful run starting around 2007.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Apple's iOS in the enterprise or the significance of Apple's announcement regarding Cisco's Spark at the Worldwide Developer's Conference on Monday. While Androids hold a dominant worldwide lead in mobile operating systems, if you look solely at US enterprise mobile deployments, iOS represents roughly 70% of mobile devices in use.
It is no secret that Apple has a long history or ignoring the needs of enterprise users and has focused its attention on the consumer market. With a half-hearted approach to enterprise support at best, Apple projected an attitude that seemed to say, "Here's what we've got, take it or leave it." In response, many in the technical community looked askance at the company's offerings and did their darndest to keep Apple products out of the corporate network.
The announcement yesterday that Apple and Cisco are going to work together to make iDevices more business friendly on Cisco networks and with the Cisco collaboration products is a significant change for both companies. For Cisco, it is the end of a three-year journey, starting with Cius and moving though BYOD to a recognition that a number of enterprise apps will use an enterprise-provided tablet or device and that, at least in the U.S., Apple is that preferred device.
Cisco and Apple have announced a new partnership, wherein they'll create a "fast lane" for iOS business users. The partnership aims to turn the iPhone into a greater business communications and collaboration tool, by providing a more efficient network and performance, and a seamless experience between the user's iPhone and desk phone.
In what can't be deemed a surprise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last week announced the company will take a $7. 6 billion write-down on its $9.4 billion investment (81% of the initial value) in Nokia and will be laying off some 7,800 workers. While industry analysts estimate that over 90% of the Windows Phone devices that have been sold carry the Nokia (now "Microsoft") label, clearly former CEO Steve Ballmer's plan to emulate Apple's strategy of controlling both the mobile device hardware and software could not save Microsoft's Quixotic vision for Windows Phone. To his credit, Mr.
As you may have heard, Rockstar has filed its first set of lawsuits using the vast Nortel patent portfolio. Rockstar is the legal entity created by Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony to buy the Nortel patents. They outbid Google to the sum of $4.5B to buy a large set of core patents in the telecommunications space. The patents were far ranging as Nortel had limited the distribution of patents in business sales to those that were only used in that business. So all the general and valuable cross-portfolio patents were held by Nortel to the end and sold to Rockstar.