Cisco to launch free video conferencing solution

News Article - Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:27

Category: Connectivity

Cisco is set to launch a free video conferencing solution for ad-hoc meeting participants so that companies can set up discussions with any of their clients. The move, Cisco hopes, will open up the telepresence market and ensure that even those without a video conferencing deal will be able to use the technology in conjunction with paid-up partners.

The decision will ensure that video conferencing starts to migrate outside of the traditional conference room setting and onto people's PCs. The free client application will be downloadable from Cisco's website, making it easy for people to participate and collaborate.

Jacob Nordan, director of product management in Cisco's Infrastructure Business Unit, said: "TelePresence is no longer restricted to the boardroom. It is now ... wanted everywhere."

The technology, dubbed Jabber Video for Telepresence, will soon enter beta testing and analysts expect it to become available on the wider market sometime next year. It marks the next step in Cisco's continuous drive to improve its video conferencing solutions. The company added video sharing capabilities to its core technology earlier this month.

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