Looks like some big upgrades including:
-video in 3CX phone
-Now you can attatch mobile number to an extension
-See extension status of remote locations using Call Assistant
-More advanced music on hold (which has been a big request for quite awhile)
-A kind of SLA functionality using call park implemented
-No price increase reported yet
-Call center features did not make it into this version 9 according to Kerry.
-This will be a backup, uninstall and reinstall senario.
Blink grabbed my attention because of it solid underpinnings, large amount of attention to user interface refinement and it's UC like features: HD audio, visual audio conference UI, desktop sharing, instant messaging, presence and more.
Released Screenshots of New Linux Version:
Microsoft Response Point is Dead: Microsoft Sees Communication Server Taking It's Place in Small Business Space
"It's gone hosted and mobile." Frederiksen added
At one time I would have laughed at OCS (aka Microsoft Communication Server) taking RP's place, but after having worked with hosted OCS--I have entirely changed my mind. Yes, at the moment the configuration is very heavy for OCS, on-premise setup. But Microsoft could offer OCS in 2 flavors that would be SMB PBX changer: A simplified OCS Small Business Edition or Hosted OCS with Enterprise Voice.
Another Windows PBX player, pbxnsip, is ideally suited to fill in this gap as well. pbxnsip has been optimizing it's Windows-base PBX offering for the cloud and hosted environments for some time. The pbxnsip Phonesystem has a very mature web based admin & user portal, an entirely web-based Attendent console, has mature, multi-tenant capabilities and has been providing telco's as well as SMB's with hosted pbx for some time. pbxnsip runs on-premise or in the cloud equally well. pbxnsip can also work with re-commissioned Aastra RP phone handsets allowing the bulk of an RP deployment to be re-used.
I don’t have a lot of time to write a lengthly article but here is the short version. What is unique about this tool is that whether you initiate a call from the deskphone or PC, the experience is the same.
Most pbx's (3cx, pbxnsip, others) do not provide a smooth way to show presence across several pbx servers. This solution solves that problem while adding other features as well.
Some of the features:
Excellent Dynamics CRM, MS Outlook & Salesforce Call Pop Integration
Multi-location presence without a server
Simple Instant Message between multiple locations
Drag and drop call transfer
Click to dial from website using SIP: embedding
This is the most natural integration of deskphone and PC I’ve ever seen to date at an affordable price without a lot of infrastructure. Approximate cost is $85 per pc.
Note: we are using snom deskphones which may have better integration than some other sip deskphones.