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Cisco weds WebEx with telepresence

March 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Story and Images by Tim Greene / Network World

Enterprise Connect show news: Browser-based participants can conference with room systems

Network World - Cisco announced at the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando, Fla., today that it is now possible to patch WebEx users into Cisco telepresence conferences as full participants.

The browser-based WebEx service can be used for business-to-business connections, Cisco's President of Development and Sales Robert Lloyd said during his keynote.

Endpoints can now connect through browser-based WebEx to join a conference set up by Cisco telepresence gear. This could be used as a B2B connection. The conferences would be scheduled in Outlook using a Cisco plug-in and participants would be sent email invitations that include a WebEx link. Content sharing is automatic to all participants.

In addition to the WebEx upgrade, Cisco announced today at Enterprise Connect:

* A software upgrade to its telepresence server and Cisco TelePresence Conductor so devices that don't require a full 1080p HD port to connect to the conference can share a port with other devices. This can mean up to 70% greater efficiency in utilization, Cisco says. The upgrade also adds to the list of possible endpoints that can join a conference to include tablets with video clients. Cisco recommends its own Jabber client but any standards-based client will do, the company says. The software upgrade supports Cisco IP phones with video capabilities as well.

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