Now You Can Skype From Your Browser

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Microsoft, Skype’s parent company, just unshackled its text and video application from the desktop. Meet Skype for Web, a new beta offering that makes the service available in various Internet browsers. The test service allows users to chat without downloading a bulky desktop program. According to the Skype blog, users can access it by navigating to Skype.com with Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox or Safari, and sign in. See also: Hey Google Hangouts, Skype Now Offers Free Screen Sharing And Group Calls, TooMac users may notice a glaring omission: Chrome for Mac or Google’s Chromebook computers. That may seem like a business decision by Microsoft, however; it’s apparently a technical limitation. A spokesperson told ZDNet that “Chromebook owners can use Skype for Web for IM, but the plug-in required for voice and video calls hasn’t been configured for that device so it isn’t currently supported.” For now, the plugin is mandatory for Skype for Web, but that will change in time. The company plans to implement Web RTC (Real-Time Communications), a key technology that will bake Skype into the browser, no plugins necessary. The service holds a few other bugs for Mac users, including battery consumption issues and delays in which calls can take longer to ring. According to the Skype blog, these are known problems that the company continues to work on. Photo courtesy of Skype Tags:#Chrome#Firefox#Internet Explorer#iOS#Microsoft#Safari#Skype#skype for web#Windows Related Posts center_img lauren orsini Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Insights from the INSIGHT CIO Forum

first_imgLast week I had the opportunity to attend the CIO Forum held in conjunction with the Insight 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  While being held adjacent to Disney’s theme park, the theme of this event was appropriately titled “Vision Voice Value”. I spent two days discussing best practices, sharing lessons learned from Intel IT and comparing notes and strategies with leading CIOs, IT Directors, Managers and Administrators in the Health Care profession.  Our focus? ways to deliver and articulate the business value of IT. I had the opportunity to: participate in a roundtable discussion of ~15 Health Care CIOs titled “The value of IT in improving financial performance” present to 50-60 CIOs on the business value of server refresh present to 20-30 IT Directors and Administrators on using the Xeon ROI tool as a way to justify server investment To enable this transformation from cost center to value center, we concluded that the accountability remains with IT, as IT professionals and CIOs must individually and collectively demonstrate business value through our investments and establish are relationship of IT predictability, trust and credibility with our business partners.   These are core themes I have seen very visibly inside Intel IT as I began my journey to the center of IT a few short months ago. My second observation from this event reinforces some personal experiences I have had working with many other IT professionals in the past several months.  With the global recession and it’s impacts to capital funding, the need to justify IT investment is greater than ever – and the competition internally for capital $ is very high.  We may never go back to the way it was.  We have seen this inside Intel IT’ organization as well and as a result, created at server refresh savings estimator tool to share what we learned in justifying our investment a proactive server refresh strategy in 2007 and staying committed to that investment in 2009. Thanks, ChrisIf you like this, follow me on twitter I demonstrated the server refresh savings estimator tool at the event to both the CIOs and IT Directors / Administrators and the feedback was very positive (“session was well worth my time”).   Prior to the event, I also had the opportunity to work with Deborah Gash (CIO for Saint Luke’s Health Services) and her staff.  Debe provided a glowing endorsement of the tool (Thanks Debe !!) after demonstrating the business value from a project already completed and the in intent to use it for several future projects. I invite you to learn more about why we created this tool and how to use it.  If you have a question or want to give us feedback on how to enhance it – just let me know with a comment on this blog. My final thought comes from a blog written by Don Sears at eweek.  Don discusses about the need for IT to be right, accurate, credible and trustworthy is so important whether you are working inside IT or with IT.  Credibility and Trust is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose … so it is easy to understand why being right is key to working with IT.  Getting it wrong can have huge consequences. One of the most thought provoking questions at the CIO roundtable that has stuck with me is … “How does your CEO (or your business customers) view IT?”  … as a cost center (necessary evil) or as a value center (strategic enabler).  While no one directly answered this rhetorical question, it was clear that our collective mission is to migrate IT from cost center to value center.  This migration will not be immediate.  It happens over time. Join us at [email protected] and share your insights on our shared journey to transform IT from a cost center to a value center for business.  I look forward to hearing from you. last_img read more

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TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Aussies banner Powerman bets ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img “No idea,” said Nash. “I know coach Tim (Cone) will do something. I’ll ask Olsen about it.”PBA legend Olsen is Cone’s assistant with the Kings. But he doesn’t have to spill any major secrets for TNT to figure out how it can gain control of the best-of-five affair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said Nash. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra’s twin wrecking balls in the paint, couldn’t split the space down low efficiently, allowing TNT’s defenders to clamp down on them easily.Even Justin Brownlee, who finished with a game-high 25 points, was smothered by TNT’s choking internal defense in the closing minutes when the Kings attempted to cut down a double-digit advantage.“I think in every position, we are outsized by Ginebra. When they play with a big lineup, it’s really hard to play them,” said Racela.Tony Semarad did an exceptional job on limiting Brownlee’s mobility inside while Kelly Williams and Moala Tautuaa had seven-footer Slaughter and the 6-foot-9 Aguilar in check.ADVERTISEMENT While containing these giants plays a critical role in scoring a win, TNT must also let quintessential playmaker Jayson Castro provide the leadership and make sure Glen Rice Jr. stays out of early foul trouble this time.“We have to stick to our rebounding and defensive game plan,” said Castro in Filipino. “We don’t want to get outhustled just like in Game 1. We should again come out with a lot energy.”Slowed down by leg cramps late in the final period, Castro tallied 20 points and 10 assists in his crucial matchup with Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESAlmost lost in the intensity of the semifinal series and the rivalry of the team owners involved is the fact that Nash Racela and brother Olsen are squaring off from opposite benches on the hardcourt.Nash, the TNT KaTropa coach, threw a slight joke about it, when asked on what adjustments he is expecting from Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their series, which is now tied at 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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