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MAGOR EXTENDS REACH OF VISUAL COLLABORATION TO MOBILE WORKERS, ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR VIRTUALIZED DESKTOP RESOURCES

February 22, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
 magor_hdshare.jpg'Any device, any browser' capability lets mobile workers more fully participate in collaboration sessions; Ability to access 'whatever you need, whenever you need it' improves productivity and enhances decision making

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - February 22, 2011 - Magor Communications, a leading supplier of visual collaboration solutions that seamlessly integrated advanced desktop sharing with high definition video conferencing, today announced two enhancements to its HDWorkPlace family of Magor TeleCollaboration solutions: the extension of visual collaboration capabilities to mobile workers and support for desktop virtualization. Both enhancements help organizations increase productivity and improve decision making by enabling easy, ad hoc access to subject matter experts and critical information resources.

Recognizing the impact that two current trends - extending reachability to mobile workers and increasing interest in virtualization of the desktop - will have on the growth and direction of traditional video conferencing and new visual collaboration solutions, Magor leveraged its networking technology and video coding expertise to enrich the visual collaboration experience.

Mobile support
With the introduction of HTML5, the latest HyperText Markup Language specification, delivery of rich media content via web browsers is much more efficient. Magor TeleCollaboration has leveraged HTML5 and its Canvas feature to provide a new 'any device, any browser' capability, which allows any smartphone or tablet user to access a Magor TeleCollaboration session via any browser.

By simply pointing a browser to a Magor TeleCollaboration session webserver, mobile users can selectively choose to view multiple, concurrent collaboration materials or desktops that have been shared in the session. There is no need to download any plug-ins or add-ons.

Magor will deliver further enhancements for mobile workers in Q2 2011:
  • Unicast streaming of any video stream within a Magor TeleCollaboration session. With this development, mobile workers will be able to select which video streams they want to watch during a visual collaboration session, in addition to the shared collaboration materials.
  • Point-to-point, two-way video calling from any smartphone, tablet, desktop PC or laptop that has a Skype video client to a Magor endpoint. With this enhancement, mobile workers will be able to show themselves to other participants in a session or point their cameras at something that others need to see.

Virtualization
With the adoption of virtualization among a broad range of industries and the difficulty of predicting what form today's desktop will take over the next few years (PC, tablet, smartphone, something else), Magor has extended its support of desktop collaboration resources. In addition to PC, Mac, Solaris and Unix-based resources, Magor now supports Linux-based Citrix and VMware virtual desktop clients natively on any Magor TeleCollaboration endpoint, therefore enabling participants in a visual collaboration session to access and share a wider range of virtual desktops.

With this enhancement, Magor TeleCollaboration users can now easily gain access to important information during a session by simply logging in to a virtualized server and pulling up their desktops - eliminating the need to drag a laptop to a meeting room. Rather than having to pre-plan all the materials that might be needed during a meeting, or having to reschedule a meeting in order to gather additional materials, a Magor TeleCollaboration user can simply access whatever information he needs quickly, easily and conveniently.

"In developing these mobile support and virtualization enhancements, it was important for us to follow our guiding philosophy of letting the end user control his own visual collaboration experience," said Ken Davison, vice president of marketing for Magor Communications. "This approach helps ensure high utility of our visual collaboration solutions among both office-based and mobile workers."

Magor TeleCollaboration
Magor TeleCollaboration seamlessly integrates high definition video and advanced desktop sharing in a peer-to-peer communications architecture. This approach enables complete end user control over an exceptionally flexible visual collaboration experience. This flexibility is crucial in today's unpredictable workflow setting, where workers often need to conduct numerous, spontaneous collaboration sessions with local and remote colleagues. To meet this new business dynamic, Magor TeleCollaboration enables end users to call who they want, when they want and to add, drop and reconnect participants at will, with no impact on the other participants. Combined with the ability to easily and immediately access, share and grant control over multiple concurrent documents, files and applications in HD1080p clarity, Magor TeleCollaboration ensures participants always have the information they need, when they need it. And, they can do all these things over non-engineered IP networks like the Internet.

Supporting Resources:
  • Read more about telecollaboration at Magor Communications.
  • Learn more about Magor TeleCollaboration from the white paper, "Introducing Magor TeleCollaboration."
  • Get a broader understanding of how extending the reach of visual collaboration to mobile workers can benefit your organization by reading Magor's mobile support strategy.
  • Become familiar with the trend of virtualization and its impact on the future direction of visual collaboration solutions by viewing Magor's virtualization strategy.
  • Watch the video, "What just happened?" Showcasing the features and benefits of Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace systems.

About Magor Communications
Understanding that today's fast-paced, cost-conscious, competitive business environment requires communications solutions that enable people to enhance decision making, improve productivity and strengthen ties with colleagues, partners and customers, Magor Communications developed the innovative Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace family. Seamlessly integrating advanced desktop sharing and data collaboration capabilities into a peer-to-peer 1080p high definition video conferencing experience, the HDWorkPlace systems dramatically improve the effectiveness of meetings. By extending basic video scaling principles with segmentation and adaptation, the HDWorkPlace family sets the benchmark for Good Network Citizenship for enterprise video conferencing solutions, delivering 1080p video and collaboration without overburdening the network or significantly increasing IT costs. Magor works with technology and channel partners and OEMs to bring the power of telecollaboration to businesses of all sizes and to workers at all levels of an organization. For more information, please visit www.magorcorp.com.

For more information contact:                                  
Ken Davison, VP Marketing
Magor Communications
[email protected]
Office: +1.613.686.1731, ext. 5509; Mobile: +1.613.884.5411

Kathleen Keith
Keith Communications
[email protected]
Office/Mobile: +1.707.529.4507

Magor Communications Corp. and the Magor Communications Corp. logo are trademarks of Magor Communications Corp. and/or its affiliates in Canada and certain other countries and are protected by trade dress, copyright, trademark laws, and various other intellectual property rights. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.






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