Yesterday, Cisco Systems announced plans for new business collaboration applications to connect associates and clients, regardless of location. Key features mentioned in the announcement were the video solution Cisco FocalPoint integration with the Cisco Flip MinoPRO camcorder, support for Cisco WebEx Connect IM 6.5 on several different browsers, and that the Cisco Quad is to be imminently available with iPad and iPhone interface.
“Cisco’s vision for a new workspace is about empowering organizations with a broader range of collaborative experiences,” says Tony Bates, Cisco senior vice president and general manager. “Not only is it seamless and integrated, but it also gives people and teams the power to choose what combination of content, media, and devices will make them most productive.”
Cisco’s new Prosumer video solution allows for cloud-based management of video content that can be shared and edited. The collaboration tool uses a new business class Flip MinoPRO camcorder, and SSL for data security.
WebEx Connect IM is an instant messaging application that operates through most browsers and does not require any client download. It has local language support for French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Cisco Quad is an application that combines voice, video, and social networking into a single interface. The collaboration platform attempts full integration of multiple media into a live feed for as many individuals of an organization as desired. Quad integrates with other Microsoft content systems such as Microsoft SharePoint and Documentum, as well as communications solutions like Cisco Unified Communications. Cisco Quad will also be made available for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. It is slated for release in early 2011.
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