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Conferencing Week in Review

August 08, 2014

It is that time again, refill your cup of coffee; sit back, relax, let’s enjoy the week that was in conferencing news!

Vidyo announced a new offering this week to its portfolio, VidyoDesktop Virtual Edition (VE).  Designed for virtual desktop infrastructures, this video conferencing desktop client offers easy integration of video and applications into workflows. 

Dave Michels, senior analyst at Wainhouse Research, said, “Vidyo is leveraging its software-based approach to provide a secure, scalable VDI offering. Vertical and enterprise organizations can now meet various video and collaboration requirements needed for greater business agility through VidyoDesktop VE.”

Apple this week acquired a new patent related to video conferencing services.  The patent is thought to aid Apple in competing with Microsoft’s Round Table conferencing by improving upon Apple FaceTime’s functionality to be more suitable for the enterprise market.  The new patent does not guarantee new Apple products in the near future, but what it does mean is an overall improvement in Apple’s conferencing technology moving forward.

Businesses are transitioning to the cloud, and according to Business Standard, Lifesize is evolving with the market.  It released its Lifesize Cloud offering this week, enabling the connection of multiple types of devices for conferencing—smartphones, tablets, laptops.  Lifesize already is well regarded for its video conferencing solutions, but its new offering ensures a bright future.

yWorld announced a new video conferencing platform, officials from the Vancouver based company believe its new offering is state-of-the-art and allows for seamless communication and collaboration.  The company trusts in its future, as it is rapidly expanding and prepared to take on the conferencing world head on.

Forrester Research, in a recent video conferencing report, named Blue Jeans Network a “leader” in the conferencing space. Forrester Senior Analyst, Philip Karcher, calls Blue Jeans Network the "poster child for video-as-a-service…Blue Jeans put video-as-a-service on the map with superior interoperability, simplified provisioning, and easy connecting via WebRTC."  Blue Jeans recently released its solution for Google Hangout participants from mobile, Chromebox or desktop to easily link up with team members.  Blue Jeans Hangouts, is cloud-based and user friendly.

That was a brief overview of the week that was in the conferencing space.  To stay in the know, check The Conferencing Zone for all conferencing news, trends and developments.  See you next week!

Edited by Adam Brandt