Tech Briefing: Skype for Business to Replace Microsoft Lync in 2015

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-11-12 Print this article Print

Skype for business to replace Microsoft Lync in 2015; Verizon adds Ellipsis 8 to its tablet arsenal; Juniper CEO resigns amid review by directors; and more.

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Starting in 2015, Skype for Business will replace Lync, Microsoft's unified communications software platform for enterprises. Microsoft has been working to bridge its Lync and Skype platforms for well over a year.

The company rolled out Lync-Skype voice and chat communications for Windows and Mac Skype desktop clients in May 2013. Skype for Business will include the Skype user directory and the video calling feature to complete the Skype-Lync integration.

Verizon Wireless has released its new Ellipsis 8 tablet, which is available to consumers immediately for $249.99, or $149.99 with a two-year contract.

The Ellipsis 8 has an 8-inch HD display, 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a battery that can last for more than 14 hours of use between charges. Customers can add the Ellipsis Tablet to their Verizon More Everything account for $10 per month.

Juniper Networks, which is already under pressure to cut expenses and return more money to shareholders, is now undergoing its second leadership change in less than a year.

Shaygan Kheradpir, who took over as CEO in January, resigned suddenly following a review by its board of directors of his conduct during negotiations with an unnamed customer.

Rami Rahim, a 17-year veteran of Juniper who had been executive vice president and general manager of development and innovation at the company, will now become CEO.

A cyber-espionage group has compromised the computer systems of corporate executives by infecting the networks of the hotels where they typically stay.

The group, which Kaspersky dubbed "Darkhotel," has successfully targeted CEOs, sales and marketing directors and top R&D staff traveling in the Asia-Pacific region by infecting their computers with malware downloaded through their hotel Internet.

Once a computer is infected, the Darkhotel malware steals users' names and passwords for more than 30 different sites, including major U.S. Internet providers, such as Microsoft, Google and Yahoo as well as international Internet service providers.


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