David Gurle, vice president and general manager of Skype Enterprise, announced a new partnership at his keynote address at Enterprise Connect 2011 in Orlando on Tuesday. Skype is working with Florida-based Citrix Systems to deliver a new breed of Web and audio conferencing tools, marrying the best of both products to let users set up online meetings with GoToMeeting and Skype video conferencing.
Avaya this week updated its enterprise virtual collaboration software and started offering it in a software-as-a-service model.
Avaya web.alive is a web collaboration platform for businesses that uses a client software download to establish a virtual meeting or conference room or auditorium, with participants represented as avatars. The software is designed to facilitate virtual meetings in which participants do not have to physically travel to a fixed destination but can participate virtually via the avatars and software-based meeting facilities.
High-level execs are the most likely businesspeople to use the technology, the Forrester report finds
Despite the popularity of consumer desktop video like Skype and FaceTime, information workers in North America and Europe have little interest in using the technology on the job, according to Forrester Research.
Skype, a powerhouse in the area of voice and video chat over the Net, said today it's acquiring Qik, a mobile video specialist.
The move stands to expand what Skype does with mobile phones. Today it's got apps for voice chat, but Qik brings video to the party with applications that run today on Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.
Siemens Enterprise Communications has announced it will acquire FastViewer, a German-based company that specializes in collaboration and Web conferencing tools, with plans to add the tools to the OpenScape UC Suite 2011 edition.
More than a third (39 percent) of office staff won't use video communications at work because they're concerned about their appearance on camera, says Damovo.
Research by the IT services firm revealed one in ten are too embarrassed to talk in front of a camera because it feels like public speaking, while of those happy to use video communications, 19 percent say their working location (either at home or on the road) isn't suitable for video.
Siemens upgrading its OpenScape Unified Communications suite to include a stand-alone collaboration platform that doesn't require other Siemen's products in order to set up conferences.
Called OpenScape Web Collaboration, the stand-alone server distributes client agents to parties that are invited to join conferences. These agents either run in browsers or as executables on the client machines, but in either case they dissolve when the collaboration session ends.
In a famous exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, AT&T Bell Labs demonstrated the Picturephone Mod 1, a small, oval device with a camera and a screen that allowed two people to see each other while they talked over the telephone network. Six years later, the device was still in trials.
With Web conferencing technology getting more mature and penetrating wider and deeper into organizations, end users want to implement solutions that are easy to integrate with other software-based productivity applications. The largest markets for Web conferencing services in Europe are in the United Kingdom, France and Germany as there are high number of global companies, developed infrastructure, and greater awareness on Web conferencing in these countries.
Cisco today announced two new virtual desktop devices, more efficient virtualization software and more affordable videoconferencing endpoints, building on its line of video collaboration tools and capabilities for companies.
Both of the new small desktop devices will support VMware View 4.5 and Citrix XenDesktop and are expected to be available in March 2011. Each will be priced below $500, including a USB keyboard, mouse and client license.
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