Sales of video conferencing and telepresence hardware systems are declining, hurt by an increase in cloud and software-based options that often are cheaper and simpler to deploy, according to an IDC study.
In 2014's first quarter, video conferencing equipment revenue shrank 16 percent worldwide year over year to $473.5 million, while units sold fell 6.2 percent.
US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.
The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.
Microsoft announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.
A band of startups at Enterprise Connect is trying to cash in on Web RTC browser technology for peer-to-peer Internet audio and video calls. Grouped together on the show floor, they are taking real time communications and blending it in with other applications to create richer services.
The technology was talked about a great deal at last year's Enterprise Connect, but there weren't many products on display. The story is different this year.
Microsoft will demonstrate how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network. The new integration will be shown at the Lync Conference, in Las Vegas and will be attended by almost 2,000 customers and partners, according to Microsoft.
The way we work has changed with technology delivering unparalleled access, collaboration and communication opportunities and meetings are catching up. We spend more than half our days in meetings... its time to make them matter.