While users collaborate, the system could automatically look up documents that might shed light on the topic and provide links to them. It might also suggest experts that the people in the meeting could call in to add their thoughts.
Watson may even take notes on WebEx meetings and interpret what’s been happening in Spark, detecting what’s most important for each user based on their role and history. Essentially, Watson would take notes during the meeting. It would summarize what happened while that employee was away overnight or on the weekend.
The companies also plan to provide open APIs so third-party developers could create new capabilities on top of what Cisco and IBM have built.
The first phase of the new capabilities will come out in October, the companies said. The second phase, with the cognitive computing features, will start to roll out next February and expand over time. How these capabilities will be packaged and priced is yet to be determined.
This story has been corrected with the proper name of IBM's Verse email application.
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