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Network Computing |ShoreTel Jumps Into Cloud UC for Mobile Devices

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Cloud-based VoIP and unified communications for the mobile space are both accurately described as growth markets. Though adoption rates may not quite be blistering, cloud UC is gaining traction as ShoreTel throws its offering into the mix.

ShoreTel is a well-established VoIP player that has made a couple of strategic acquisitions. Buying Agito last year gave the premise-centric ShoreTel platforms a mobility-minded boost, and the recent purchase of M5 Networks provided a well-respected anchor in cloud-based VoIP. This brings us to today's news about the next big thing from ShoreTel, which combines compelling elements of all parts of the business. At the same time, what's not quite in the ShoreTel announcement is also significant.

Compliments of the M5-based ShoreTel cloud division, the mobile business communications world just gained another impressive option for unified communications. ShoreTel Mobility leverages the current white-hot BYOD trend to put a powerful app on iDevices that transforms the mobile device into a full-featured office phone. Support for Android and BlackBerry will follow later in 2012, and Mobility fits small and big businesses alike with scaling between 10 users and 5,000.

Read more at Network Computing.