Conferencing
 

Startups flock to Web RTC for browser-based videoconferencing

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.

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

The companies announced on Tuesday that two of their high-ranking executives demonstrated a "proof of concept" of WebEx running on a Chromebook, something that hasn't been possible to date.

Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

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.

State of the Modern Meeting.

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.

 

Polycom Strengthens Microsoft Partnership, Now with 40+ Interoperable Solutions

Polycom expanded its ongoing partnership with Microsoft to include the new Polycom CX8000 room system, integrating an HD video conferencing system with Microsoft Lync. The Polycom CX8000 solution also includes presence, contact search, instant messaging, HD audio, virtual white boarding, touch display-powered presentations, application sharing, and shared document editing.

Vidyo, Google to let Hangout users hang out with other video callers

As Google unveiled its first videoconferencing hardware on Thursday, it also introduced software with partner Vidyo that can bring together employees in video meeting rooms and users of Google+ Hangouts.

IBM to consolidate communication and collaboration wares into Connections suite

Connections' scope will extend beyond enterprise social networking to include email, productivity apps, and video conferencing. IBM will house its email, communication, and collaboration products in its Connections suite, whose scope until now has been limited to ESN (enterprise social networking) software.

This means that the Connections bundle will include the Notes/Domino email platform, Docs office productivity apps and Sametime tools for IM, audio/video communications and Web meetings.

Who’s using OpenStack?

We don't typically track user surveys, but the annual state of the OpenStack questionnaire provides some interesting insights into this still emerging open source cloud computing platform.

Here are some key takeaways:

Really small and really big companies are most likely to be using OpenStack

Polycom: Survey Shows Video Conferencing is Essential Team Collaboration Tool

Polycom has released research results revealing that 96% of business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams.

Respondents who use video conferencing today rated video’s top advantages as:

Improving SMBs With UC

Different businesses today operate utilizing various IT service models.  The best systems build a communication and data access structure that allows organizations to experience improved interactions amongst employees within the company, as well as with their customers and other clients. With the impact brought about by these delivery models, all areas in business operations undergo a huge positive turnaround.

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