IRVINE, Calif., March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba — www.telecom.toshiba.com) today announced that its UCedge® has won a 2016 UC Product of the Year Award from TMC, a global, integrated media company. Winners of the 2016 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award will be published in the April 2016 edition of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.
"It gives me great pleasure to honor Toshiba as a 2016 recipient of TMC's Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for their innovative product, UCedge," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by Toshiba in their groundbreaking work on UCedge."
"We are very proud to receive a 2016 Product of the Year Award for our newly enhanced UCedge application. This is the second year in a row that UCedge has won this award," said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division. "UCedge gives users the power to communicate how, where and when they want, via smartphone, PC or tablet, by unifying their communications across platforms."
New UCedge Enhancements Include Visibility, Collaboration and Federation
Toshiba's UCedge is a single application that empowers users to communicate on Windows® and Mac® laptops and desktop computers and Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets across Toshiba's cloud and on-site business telephone solutions, including hybrid cloud and on-site networked solutions. UCedge works on Toshiba's VIPedge® and IPedge® business phone solutions as well as Strata® CIX systems with an IPedge Application Server.
New UCedge enhancements include visibility, collaboration and federation with Skype® for Business, Lync® and other external XMPP-compatible UC clients. With UCedge client software that is easily downloaded from the Internet, users gain new levels of convenience, productivity and cost savings no matter how they access their Toshiba business communication solutions.
UCedge support for the XMPP protocol enables users connected to disparate servers — deployed on-site or in the cloud — to whitelist each other to share contacts, view presence status information, exchange instant messages, and call users via one-touch. This includes external organizations using Toshiba software as well as Microsoft® Skype for Business clients (via XMPP gateway) as well as other third-party systems that comply with XMPP standards.
UCedge's XMPP federation further enhances communications to ensure that users will be able to collaborate with colleagues and customers quickly and efficiently in real-time using Contacts with Avatars, Presence and Instant Messaging (IM).
UCedge Delivers New Levels of Convenience, Productivity and Cost Savings
- Work from virtually anywhere using personal or business laptops, desktops or mobile devices as a business phone extension.
- Communicate with Skype for Business server users and see their presence status before calling them.
- Use the same client application across devices — learn it once and use it.
- Protect mobile number privacy by displaying only the office phone number in caller ID.
- Connect via IM with colleagues who are busy or on the phone.
- Rapidly find contacts in a list synchronized with the office phone system and user-provided avatars.
- Use UCedge from up to three devices at the same time, synchronize real-time in the cloud, and view consolidated instant messages and call history from any of the devices.
- Enable easier connections with one-number reach, regardless if a user is in or out of the office or out of the country.
- Manage office voice mails easily and quickly with a visual interface on a mobile device.
- Stay in touch and place long-distance and international calls to contacts from a cell phone at landline rates.
- Pair mobile devices with a Toshiba desk phone to conveniently dial the phone via the UCedge client interface.
- Communicate via Callback/Callthru over cellular and softphone over LAN or Wi-Fi®.
Compatibility Across Toshiba Business Communications Platforms
Delivering feature transparency across all locations, regardless of the deployment, UCedge is compatible with Toshiba's VIPedge and IPedge business communication solutions as well as Strata CIX systems with an IPedge Application Server. UCedge is compatible with Windows 10 or later and Mac OS X® 10.9 or later.
UCedge for Windows: XP, & (32- and 64-bit), 8, 8.1, 10, and Terminal Server as well as Chrome™ Browser Version 39 or above:
UCedge for Android: OS 4.x or above:
UCedge for iOS®: OS 7 or above for Apple iPhone® and iPad® devices:
New Free 60-Day UCedge Licenses and License Transferability
Toshiba is offering limited free 60-day trial licenses of UCedge. Current UCedge users can transfer existing licenses between sites, which deliver added flexibility and cost savings, particularly for contact centers. Licenses for the UCedge client are provided as part of the VIPedge solution and are available as an option for the IPedge or Strata CIX systems.
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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
Telecommunication Systems Division (TSD)
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division is one of the five business units of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) and offers business communication solutions for SMB enterprises and enterprises with multi-site or regional locations. Toshiba's VIPedge cloud-based business telephone solution supports up to 500 users, and the IPedge and Strata CIX systems support from 8 to 1,000 users and offer Voice over IP, voice mail and unified messaging, conferencing and collaboration, unified communications applications, networking, mobility and more. Together with Toshiba's PCs, tablets, copiers, and surveillance video cameras/recorders, Toshiba's Telecommunication Systems Division helps enterprises maximize business efficiency in communications and mobility. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information, visit www.Telecom.Toshiba.com.
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future", Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing "Growth Through Creativity and Innovation", and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today's Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 584 consolidated companies employing more than 198,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.6 trillion yen (US$55 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
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