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Cisco puts video conferencing spotlight on individuals with new desktop, cloud products

Juan Carlos Perez | May 20, 2014
Cisco will target individual video conferencing users with new desktop devices and a cloud-based service, a move that complements a recent announcement focused on outfitting small and mid-size office meeting rooms.

Price hasn't been determined, but it will be under $50 per user, per month, he said. Cisco expects to ship this product in September.

Cisco will also announce a new line of IP telephones. The 8800 Series adds performance improvements, features USB ports on some models for charging cell phones, the Intelligent Proximity technology for importing contacts and call history as well as the ability to let users transfer in-progress voice or video calls from their smartphones.

These desktop-focused products follow Cisco's announcement in March of a set of new wares aimed at the many office meeting rooms that lack video conferencing capabilities.

That announcement was intended to deepen Cisco's presence in a segment of the market that falls between its low-end WebEx line and its high-end, whole-room telepresence systems.

Others jockeying for space in enterprise video conferencing and collaboration include Microsoft, IBM, Google, Avaya, Siemens' Unify, Alcatel-Lucent, Mitel and ShoreTel.

 

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