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Conferencing Week in Review


August 02, 2014

The Conferencing Zone is never short on news, and this week was no exception.  With the week’s end in sight, you know what time it is, that’s right; it’s the Week in Review!

Google is targeting the enterprise with improvements to its Chromebox Meeting system.  The upgrades to its video conferencing system include a guarantee of the system working 99.9 percent of the time—putting it on the same level of functionality as Drive and Gmail.  Clay Bavor, Google’s VP of Product Management, stated, “No matter how things change, a face-to-face conversation is still the fastest and simplest way to communicate. Using Hangouts lets teams collaborate over video meetings across smartphones, tablets and computers. “

8x8, provider of cloud-based communications, contact center and collaboration solutions announced a new London office to meet the growing demand it faces.  Scott Cowell, CEO 8x8 Solutions, stated, “With demand growing for our services, plus growing confidence in an improving economy, this really is an exciting time for 8x8 and its channel partners. We are working hard to make sure that we are able to take full advantage of the increasing business opportunities we are seeing.”

TMC’s Casey Houser reported this week on the positive impact video conferencing can have on education.  Video conferencing allows a classroom to take a virtual trip to anywhere in the world, experience and see things the students would otherwise not have the opportunity to do so.  Read Casey’s full analysis here.

Intercall and Esna joined forces to become the new “power couple” in real-time communications.  Their partnership offers capabilities for WebEx and Cisco giving the duo an opportunity to reshape the conferencing space as we know it.

The week has come to an end but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop by the conferencing zone to get your fill of all the happenings in this ever-changing space.  See you next week! 



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