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Atlassian Launches Group Video Conferencing for HipChat

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options


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HipChat Video brings built-in video chat and real-time screen sharing to the business collaboration app without plug-ins, add-ons, or third-party integrations.

Businesses have endless options when it comes to online collaboration and conducting virtual meetings. Though, if your small to midsize business (SMB) or enterprise is already using products in the Atlassian ecosystem, such as Atlassian HipChat $2.00 at Atlassian, Atlassian Confluence Free at Atlassian, or Jira Service Desk $10.00 at Atlassian, the company just made built-in video chat a lot easier with the launch of an updated HipChat Video.

The new HipChat Video platform is designed for face-to-face virtual collaboration without the use of any integrations or third-party services outside the app, be it video conferencing software or a business voice-over-IP (VoIP) or private branch exchange (PBX) service. The product of Atlassian's 2015 acquisition of Blue Jimp and open-source video chat platform Jitsi,the updated HipChat Video is live today for HipChat Plus users at no extra cost. Users can join group video chats and share a document or browser window from within HipChat rooms with one click.

As far as functionality goes, HipChat Video works more similarly to consumer video chat apps such as Apple FaceTime, Google Hangouts Free at iTunes Store, and the video calling features within Facebook Messenger. There's a floating toolbar with video, microphone, screen share, add a participant, settings, and end call options, and the other users on the call appear in multi-colored bubbles along the bottom of the screen.

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