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Cisco's Spark Collaboration App Now Does Something Slack Doesn't: Voice and Video Chat

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code

Networking giant Cisco Systems says it will add voice calling and video conferencing features to Spark, its cloud-based workplace collaboration app.

Launched last year as Project Squared, Spark is similar to Slack, the ubiquitous office messaging app.

Cisco would very much like to compete with products like Slack, which has about a million users, and features widely requested in Slack are voice and video calling. Cisco has the hardware and the history of supplying infrastructure to link a Slack-like service with the phones and other equipment many companies already have.

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