Logitech--a company that began by making computer peripherals such as mice, keyboards and webcams--has expanded its LifeSize enterprise videoconferencing business with a cloud-based offering, a new video endpoint for room-sized videoconference systems and the acquisition of a videoconference software company.
Service provider 8x8 has launched a new cloud-based videoconferencing service based on 8x8's voice and video IP service platform together with Polycom's UC Intelligent Core software platform. The 8x8 Virtual Room service is available in three tiers supporting low, standard and high definition telepresence video. 8x8 Virtual Room is one of four cloud-based services the company offers, adding to its existing portfolio of VoIP, video, contact center and hosting services.
Polycom and Microsoft have been building on their strategic partnership, as Polycom announced that the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System becomes the first room video telepresence solution custom-built for full integration with Microsoft Lync. The solution is built to bring the Lync desktop into the conference room to enhance business collaboration and productivity features for room telepresence.
Nefsis has announced a new online software-based VoIP engine as part of its HD video conferencing cloud, designed to give multiple participants the ability to speak at the same time with improved audio performance during online video meetings. Unlike premise-based systems that require infrastructure hardware like video routers, MCUs and gateways, as a cloud-based service, the Nefsis offering is automatically maintained and easier to expand.
Cable giant Comcast is teaming up with Skype to offer its subscribers video calling on their TVs, in a move that could bring more affordable video conferencing to the home.
Comcast will be offering the Skype service through the TV to its broadband subscribers. The companies are still working out all the details of the service, and they're expected to begin testing it in the next few months.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) announced the availability of its free BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app on BlackBerry App World for customers in North America. BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing was created to make joining and scheduling conference calls from a BlackBerry smartphone quick and easy, said the Canadian company.
Polycom has agreed to acquire the assets of Hewlett-Packard's Visual Collaboration business, including its Halo videoconferencing products and managed services, as part of a broad partnership for unified communications.
Cisco would appear to be unloading its unwanted baggage at a rapid rate. Last month, the company shut down its Flip camera business after revealing that the company wanted to “simplify the way we work and how we focus our attention and resources.”
More simplifying appears to be on the way with Cisco reportedly looking to sell its home networking arm Linksys and its business video chat and collaboration tool WebEx.