Microsoft is adding a host of new features to Skype for Business, including the ability to broadcast meetings to as many as 10,000 people. Office 365 enterprise customers can register now to get a preview of the features.
The demand for videoconferencing is increasing at a rapid rate, mostly because of consumer tools like Skype and Apple FaceTime, but that doesn't mean every aspect of videoconferencing is growing. In the case of LifeSize, its leaders found they had to reinvent the company over the last couple of years, shifting from a hardware focus to a software one.
Polycom unveiled additions to its RealPresence product portfolio at Infocomm 2015 that expand its videoconferencing and collaboration capabilities in the cloud while also connecting users on browsers.
HP is rolling out new low-cost collaboration products based on Intel Unite software. The new products, which include collaboration-centric PCs and a videoconferencing monitor, aim to provide cost-effective ways to collaborate and hold real-time meetings.
Enterprises with Cisco TelePresence units deployed may want to grab the latest security patches. Cisco released several patches to address vulnerabilities in a few of its telepresence products.
Jive Software launched a new application that ties the company more strongly into the mobile world. Jive Chime is a communications app available on iOS and Android devices--as well as on Windows and Mac computers--that aims to provide end-users with a consistent and consumer-like experience in one-on-one or group conversations.
It may seem that it's less important to keep the network functioning with low latency performance with videoconferencing applications moving to the cloud, but it's quite the opposite, according to an article on TechTarget.
WebRTC appears to finally be gaining some more traction in enterprise unified communications and collaboration solutions. Twilio is no stranger to WebRTC, but the company is looking to make it easier for developers to integrate voice and texting into their own apps.
This week marks the beginning of the end of Microsoft Lync Online, as the vendor starts to shift its customers from Lync to Skype for Business Online, which officially launched yesterday.
The only unfortunate thing about the proliferation of easy and cheap videoconferencing is those of us in the media can no longer make "where's my video phone?" jokes.