Polycom has enhanced its collaboration portfolio with several new features including facial recognition, noise suppression technology, and mobile device upgrades that improve picture quality. The features are integrated with the Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Polycom RealPresence® Resource Manager software.
ShoreTel has launched a major update to ShoreTel Mobility with version 8, offering mobile-enabled video conferencing. ShoreTel Mobility 8 is integrated with the ShoreTel Communicator desktop call-control suite, and the new software enhancements have added a virtualized ShoreTel Mobility Router.
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.