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Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

Peter Sayer | March 18, 2014
Unify has set a timetable for the launch of its Project Ansible unified communications product, with beta testing scheduled for May.

The demo was slick, but there are a number of search usability challenges the developers will have to resolve, including the effect spelling mistakes or poor transcriptions will have on the ability to retrieve documents. Some information may even become too easy to find, if conference call participants make personal remarks about an absent colleague, forgetting that the transcript of the call will be archived and accessible to all project members.

At Cebit, Unify also demonstrated its OpenScape Voice conferencing and messaging platform, showing how the latest version of the software includes design elements from Project Ansible such as the single-window interface and some of the icons.

Unify, previously known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, announced on Monday that by the end of the year users of the Ansible hosted service and OpenScape Voice on-premise systems will be able to exchange data and calls between the two thanks to a series of intelligent connectors, making collaboration or migration simpler. By mid-2015 it plans to roll out similar connectors for users of its OpenScape Business and OpenScape 4000 products.

The company said Ansible will be able to make calls from a web page in Google Chrome and other WebRTC-enabled browsers. Apps will be available for Apple devices from the initial release in October, with Android apps following soon after. It will be possible to schedule conferences, or create them on the fly, searching across conversations, people and files. All files, conversations and collaboration tools will be available from all devices, the company said.


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