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Highfive launches plugin-free browser support for its video conferencing service

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Highfive, a video conferencing startup that focuses on making video calls as easy as possible thanks to its integrated hardware and software solution, today announced that its customers can now also now join calls directly from Chrome without having to install any plugins, thanks to the magic of WebRTC.

While the company will obviously continue to focus on its hardware, the ability to join calls right from Chrome significantly lowers the barrier for attendees. The company, which also offers iOS and Android versions of its service, notes that its WebRTC stack integrates with its meeting room hardware and that it includes all of the standard Highfive features, including the ability to share your screen, add participants and hear the high-fidelity stereo sound that's one of the company's main selling points for its hardware.

3"No one likes software downloads," said Highfive CEO and co-founder Shan Sinha. "They slow down the start of meetings, sometimes prevent people from joining, and generally cause frustration. With Join by Browser, we're getting rid of downloads for good and making Highfive the easiest way for anyone, anywhere to join a video call."

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