Big UC News From Microsoft, Google, Meta, Avaya, And Gamma

From job cuts and seat gains to a suspicious-looking package, here are excerpts from this week’s popular stories.

Avaya expects to be hit by $26 million in costs as it begins to cut jobs.

Struggling company UC-CC didn’t reveal how many roles it plans to cut, but said it expects to save between $225 million and $250 million a year.

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In an SEC filing, Avaya said:

“The Company estimates that it will incur pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $23 million to $26 million, all of which are expected to be cash-based expenses and substantially all of which are expected to relate to employee severance. employees and other termination benefits. »

The story so far

Avaya’s stock price has been falling for some time amid disappointing quarterly results. This resulted in the acrimonious dismissal of the CEO and longtime servant Jim Chirico at the end of July.

Microsoft has revamped its Teams Rooms pricing tiers with a bit of a fan-fun, but is it all as it seems?

The new Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro offers users a comparable feature set to the existing Teams Rooms Premium for $10 less per device. However, the new lower tier removes advanced features, such as Front Row. to create Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic.

Previously, the lower tier contained all the same functionality as the upper tier; it just didn’t have Teams Rooms managed services.

If Standard package customers want to keep many of the features they used, they will be forced to pay more than triple the price for them by upgrading to a Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro account.

Workplace by Meta has announced new products and feature releases for September.

The releases included new customization features for Workplace admins and new courses in the Workplace Academy.

Meta’s online collaboration software tool, Workplace, provides monthly updates of its latest innovations.

New information and customization options

Workplace has now introduced the ability for admins to export workspace integrations to CSV files.

The new feature will allow admins to view usage data to see how their users are interacting with Workplace integrations.

Google Workspace has announced its weekly update which includes an automatic volume adjustment feature in Google Meet.

Google Meet can now adjust participant audio to ensure everyone has the same volume.

Other features in this week’s updates include changes to Google Classroom notifications and the ability to insert Google Maps placement bullets into your Google Docs.

Automatic volume adjustment Google Meet

Because attendees use different devices to join meetings, volume levels may vary from person to person.

Google Meet’s new automatic volume level adjustment feature is now available and promises to create a “smoother, less disruptive meeting”.

Gamma gained 91,000 Teams and Horizon seats, contributing to a strong overall performance in the first half.

The company’s revenue rose 8% to £234.7 million, and its gross profit also rose 8% to £120.4 million.

Gamma is also on track to go from carbon neutral to carbon neutral to carbon neutral by 2042.

Andrew Belshaw, Interim CEOsaid: “I am pleased to present the first set of results since taking up my new role.

“Gamma had a good first half. Our UK direct business returned to growth as we indicated once the effects of COVID were felt.

“Indirect business in the UK continues to be strong with good growth in new variants of SIP that support MS Teams users.

“Our European business increased the number of Cloud seats by 7% despite a difficult economic environment. »

UCaaS provider, Gamma, saw positive growth in its biggest products, including voice-enabled Microsoft Teams using Direct Routing.

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