SYDNEY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2009 - Hewlett-Packard has made a new move on the video conferencing market, launching a product known as SkyRoom.
The software incorporates collaborative elements such as video and document sharing and retails for $US149. It also takes advantage of newer technologies developed since the advent of its HP predecessor, Halo.
SkyRoom will be available for download from HP's website from September 29. It will also be bundled onto some HP workstation computers from October 1.
The software is compatible with PCs running a Microsoft Windows operating system. It can accommodate up to four separate participants in a single conversations at any given time.
HP said that the technology behind SkyRoom had been used by NASA to transfer images from the Mars Rover to NASA headquarters in California.
Cisco produces a similar line of products under its WebEx brand.
IT vendors have been pushing video conferencing technologies as a way of reducing corporate travel costs and carbon footprints.
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