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Blue Jeans Network Celebrates Two Consecutive Years of Record Growth With Release of "Blue Jeans 2.0"
Redesigned User Interface and Powerful New Administrative Controls Deliver Big Benefits to Business Users and IT Administrators Alike; Sets the Bar Even Higher for Video Conferencing and Collaboration Services
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jun 11, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Two years after launching its groundbreaking video conferencing service, Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration, today unveiled Blue Jeans 2.0. Loaded with significant enhancements, Blue Jeans 2.0 includes a redesigned interface (UI) with easier meeting access, enhanced content sharing, and superior in-meeting controls for the business user, as well as powerful new management, on-boarding, and customization capabilities for the IT administrator.
Since the service was launched two years ago, Blue Jeans has transformed the video conferencing industry with its unorthodox approach to hosting interoperable video meetings in the cloud, and as a result has captured more than a quarter of the video conferencing services market in that time. Tapping into the skyrocketing demand for face-to-face collaboration, Blue Jeans has seen tremendous growth across all facets of its business, including customers, users, usage, bookings, and revenues. Today thousands of companies around the world, from small businesses to the Fortune 50, use Blue Jeans every day, consuming approximately 60 million Blue Jeans minutes annually, from everywhere on the planet.
"We're in the midst of a transformation in enterprise video conferencing as the cloud and video enabled mobile devices change where, when and how people collaborate across the globe," said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO and co-founder, Blue Jeans Network. "In this new world, face-to-face interaction is an absolute requirement, and connecting people with their peers, partners and customers no matter what devices they use is the key to fueling progress and productivity. Our growth speaks to our ability to deliver a video collaboration service built for today's workforce."
Eschewing expensive hardware infrastructure and proprietary software, the Blue Jeans approach combines interoperability, extensive reach, and ease of use, with a high quality video and audio experience. Upending the conventional hardware based sales models with a pay-as-you-grow, cloud based software as a service (SaaS) solution, Blue Jeans is lowering the barriers to truly pervasive video conferencing.
Continually focused on addressing the needs of both the business user and the IT administrator, Blue Jeans 2.0 amplifies services for both audiences. For business users, Blue Jeans provides ease of use, device flexibility, and quality of experience, which, as the company's name implies, makes video collaboration comfortable, casual, and easy. For the IT administrator, Blue Jeans delivers easy onboarding tools, policy controls, security, and detailed reporting allowing them to support the ever growing demands of any-to-any video collaboration without sacrificing the ability to manage it effectively.
For the business user, Blue Jeans 2.0 delivers a completely new user interface. Based on feedback from customers and partners, the new UI makes it even easier to schedule, host, join and manage Blue Jeans meetings. Enhancements to the Blue Jeans user experience include:
-- Simplified connection options allowing for one click access to join most meetings.
-- Streamlined in-meeting experience that seamlessly integrates the high quality video with an active participant roster, robust muting and layout controls, and rich content sharing capabilities.
-- Easier meeting scheduling directly from Google Calendar and/or Microsoft Outlook.
-- Optimized browser video experience that supports both WebRTC and non-WebRTC enabled browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari).
"Blue Jeans is an invaluable tool for our organization. It's so user friendly that anyone in our company can use it and, with their 'one click' to join a meeting feature, it couldn't be any easier. With the web browser and Skype connection options, we don't have to use expensive, complicated equipment to have video meetings. Our team can join from anywhere on their laptop or smartphone and be part of the meeting. We truly love Blue Jeans for its ease-of-use and versatility." Irene Woolsey, Office Manager, Alta Ventures.
For the IT administrator, Blue Jeans 2.0 delivers enhanced administration tools that allow greater control over the user experience, including:
-- Customized branding options that allow for customer-specific landing pages, a customer branded version of the user interface, and customized messaging in emails and invitations.
-- Group level permission controls for setting default configurations such as which endpoints are available to users, security settings, etc. -- Single Sign On (SSO) with Active Directory and SAML for fast and scalable onboarding of employees.
-- APIs for customized user provisioning and integration into internal scheduling systems.
"Blue Jeans allows us to have more video conferences with our clients with less hassle. From an IT perspective, we find tremendous value in the ease with which Blue Jeans helps us accommodate our users while letting us maintain control over how video is used in the organization. We use Blue Jeans most every day which has made it a better value than we initially expected." Jerry Stucki, Director of IT Fenwick and West.
The Blue Jeans 2.0 features are available now to all Blue Jeans customers and free trial users. Blue Jeans will also be demonstrating the new capabilities this week at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Florida (booth # 2087).
About Blue Jeans Network At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: http://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet.
Morgan Mathis Borders + Gratehouse for Blue Jeans Network 415-963-4174 x37 firstname.lastname@example.org
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