August 22, 2015By Steve Anderson Contributing TMCnet Writer
It's been another big week in the move to Microsoft Lync, and as it and Skype (News - Alert) for Business start making more strides in the field, it brings with it new opportunities for growth. With the coming of the weekend, meanwhile, it's a great time to step back and get a better sense of the forest amid the trees. So settle in, pour another cup of coffee, and let's run down all the biggest events of the week with our Week in Review coverage!
First came word from Market Reports Hub, who brought the exciting news that the next five years would bring steady growth to the unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) sector. The market is set to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5 percent to 2020, thanks to a variety of factors. The growth is thanks to the increasing use of mobile devices, the rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) doctrine, and other factors in turn.
Next came a look at Saville Audio Visual, who brought its SMART Lync Room system to portions of the U.K.'s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The SMART Lync Room is a whole-room system geared toward providing videoconferencing options with a display screen, HD camera, microphones and more. While the HCA had its doubts as to whether or not such a system could work, a pilot program quickly illustrated the power a Lync system could offer.
Skype came in next, bringing out a new update for its Skype 5.10 for Android app. While none of the new features brought with it were particularly groundbreaking--the ability to change ringtones for different contacts, the ability to share pictures from chat conversations, color changes to avatars and the like--these changes were the result of requests from the user base itself, proving that Skype pays close attention to its user base's requests.Image via Shutterstock
Then, we got a report from ReportsnReports, who offered up a look at smartphone market volume. The market between now and 2019 was set to reach 1.83 billion units by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1 percent. But with that in mind, there were some issues afoot; while China's overall growth was set to clear 30 percent of the market by the end of this year, it would drop to under 30 percent by the end of 2016 and continue falling.
Finally, Vonage stepped in with news of the acquisition of iCore Networks, part of a larger overall plan to bolster its UC strategy. Vonage (News - Alert) was previously spotted buying Simple Signal for $25.25 million, and was likewise geared toward expanding Vonage's UC capabilities. Now with iCore Networks on hand, a major provider of network-as-a-service (NaaS) for VoIP platforms, the end result should be an excellent augmentation for its business solutions set.
That was the week that was in Lync migration, and plenty of news came along with it. Changes to everything from apps to corporate structure hit this week and our global online community was right in the thick of it all, delivering up the best in news for us to consider. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!