ZDNet | ShoreTel extends voice, unified communications apps to smartphones

    ShoreTel is extending its mobile strategy to a wider customer base thanks to the acquisition of M5 Networks earlier this year.

    Customers of the M5 cloud division will be able to access ShoreTel's voice and unified communications applications on their smartphones. Initially, access will only be available for the iPhone, but additional support for Android and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets are expected to follow starting later this summer.

    As the BYOD trend continues, it's becoming commonplace for enterprise employees to only want to carry around one mobile device -- if possible.

    Thus, the idea here is that customers will be able to leverage a single, converged device for both business and personal communications.

    That's not a new concept as many telecommunications providers are trying to introduce apps and interfaces that enable one smartphone to double as two, but ShoreTel touts the added bonus of being able to access an office desk phone and UC capabilities on an iPhone without having to learn a new interface.

    Read more at ZDNet.

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