Cisco previews new enterprise collaboration tool - Quad

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The Unified Communications (UC) wars are heating up. Cisco is tossing their hat in the ring with a new upcoming offering and they offered a preview of the system, giving us all a taste of what's to come. Cisco promised it would release more details at the Enterprise 2.0 conference.

The new Cisco offering is called Quad--a name that doesn't refer to core speed or the combination for four digital services or anything, rather it's a reference to everyone's favorite place to meet up and hang out back in our school days: the college quad. Quad aims to be a secure social network for larger enterprises to network their employees where people can essentially hang out all day to get their work done.

Similar to other UC offerings, the main system involves a homescreen with a presence panel offering instant click calls, IM's and video chats. An interesting addition to the presence system is a profile system allowing employees to list their responsibilities, specialties and skills as well as alternative people to contact to get a job done. In addition, the system offers some project management/tracking tools, comunitities for employees with like interests, as well as the standard calendars, etc.

The system is all web-based so all users need to deploy it is a PC with a camera and microphone.

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