You won’t need a Google+ profile anymore to use Google’s Hangouts video chat, thanks to new updates that aim to make the video conferencing platform more appealing to businesses.
Google wants to get into the enterprise video conferencing business by offering an affordable combination of Chrome-based hardware and the company’s Hangouts video chat.
Video chatting could soon get a whole lot easier — if only the major browser makers could agree on a common standard. So what’s WebRTC, and why are folks still fighting about it?
Forget video conferences: Perch wants to connect office workers through always-on video feeds via wall-mounted iPads.
Video conferencing is about to get more panoramic and interactive. Stealth startup Altia Systems is introducing a new system that stitches together video and creates a panoramic viewing experiences that viewers can zoom and interact with.
Fuzebox, a company that provides cloud-based visual communications technology for groups like Disney, NASA, and the Department of Defense, is announcing Thursday a $20 million series A funding round to scale its products and improve how clients can communicate remotely with high-resolution materials.
Google has Google Talk for text, voice and video chats, Hangouts for group video conferencing and Messenger for mobile messaging. All of these properties could one day merge into a more unified experience, the Google+ Hangouts team said at Google I/O Wednesday.
Hookflash is launching an iPad app by the same name Thursday that integrates LinkedIn’s directory, giving business users a free over-the-top alternative for voice, HD video and messaging. It’s the first communications app to build upon LinkedIn’s social graph.
Video is becoming more of a casual form of communication, with people leaving video chat services like OoVoo on in the background for hours on end. Video sharing is becoming more immediate with more live broadcasting of your life.
Fuze HD for iPad shoots and displays 1080p HD video, and also supports a number of collaboration tools. The app allows multiparty chat with up to 10 participants and interoperability with a number of high-end telepresence systems. It also lets users record and share iPad video.
Cisco’s move into living room video conferencing with its Umi product never got going, hampered by a high price and competition from free alternatives. Now Cisco has confirmed that it is no longer selling the consumer telepresence gear, though it will continue to support existing users.
Web conferencing tools are a double-edged sword; you can connect with your team anywhere, but there’s no way to know if they’re listening intently or honing their doodling skills. Fear of distraction may be understandable but it’s also misplaced according to experts.
Vidyo has raised a $22.5 million Series D round of financing led by QuestMark Partners, with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures and Four River Group. Since being founded in 2005, the startup has raised a total of $96 million.
ting (s ctxs), a web conferencing solution that we’ve written about previously, has unveiled the ability to create high-definition video conferences. The new service, dubbed HDFaces, allows users to create video conferences with up to six attendees at no additional cost.
LifeSize, a supplier of video conferencing products that was acquired by Logitech in 2009, is aiming to address the usual drawbacks of traditional enterprise HD video conferencing systems — cost, complexity and incompatibility — with some new products that it announced Wednesday.
The video conferencing market is getting inundated with new products focused on bringing collaboration tools to the large number of small and medium-sized businesses that can’t afford a traditional teleconference room. But will they be able to compete with products that are already “good enough”?
Video conferencing startup Vidyo is known primarily for low-cost telepresence systems that compete with the likes of Cisco. But a set of APIs and an upcoming program through which partners can develop and exchange applications could give a boost to its white-label video conferencing business.
One of the major drawbacks with traditional room-based telepresence installs is that systems from different vendors are typically incompatible with each other. Video conferencing and online meeting provider FuzeBox, makers of the Fuze Meeting service, announced Fuze Telepresence Connect, which hopes to overcome these interoperability problems.
Want a high definition video conferencing system for your meeting room, but don’t have the budget for a costly room-based telepresence system? You might like to check out the MondoPad, a huge 55-inch, 1080p multi-touch LCD display that’s effectively a giant tablet computer designed for collaboration.
I’ve increased my usage of video and multimedia presentations and conferencing, both for collaboration with external business contacts and for internal product development. I decided I needed a better and more permanent setup in order to remain productive and comfortable, without constantly rearranging my workspace.
Microsoft confirmed that it has agreed to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion and plans to integrate the Internet communications service into a wide array of products from Kinect and Windows Phone 7 to Lync, Outlook and Xbox Live.
Does video really perform as well as face-to-face interaction? How does it compare to audio-only communication? Does it always outperform text-only channels like email? Let’s look at different types of tasks and see how video affects the work and communication quality experienced by remote teams.
We really like the Skype platform, so when looking for a way to overcome our technical challenges we looked for ways to “piggyback” on our existing system. I believe we have found our solution with VuRoom, a video conferencing plugin for Skype.
With 560 million registered users (124 million of which are active), but only 8.1 million paying customers, Skype could use some help. Cisco makes a great deal of sense as a buyer, because it can monetize Skype’s user base in a way that Skype never could.
Skype has rolled out a new version of its software that will finally allow more than two people to video conference with each other. With the latest update, groups of up to five friends can now chat with each other via video through the Skype application.
Skype announced earlier this year that it was looking to bring video conferencing into the living room, with deals to embed its…
Cisco’s $3.4 billion bid to take over Tandberg has moved one step closer to reality, as the networking giant said today that it’s gained control of 91.1 percent of the Norwegian company’s shares. But the deal still needs approval from the U.S. DOJ.
First Cisco Systems (s CSCO) decided to buy Norwegian video conferencing equipment maker Tandberg for about $3 billion. This week, Logitech, a…
ViVu said today that it’s received $3 million in Series A funding for its virtual video webcast and collaboration platform, pressuring rival…
Cisco (s csco) today offered to buy Tandberg, a Norwegian company that makes video conferencing equipment, for $3 billion in cash, a move…
In the fight for dominance in the video web conferencing realm, we have WebEx, the granddaddy who struggles to stay one step…
With travel costs rising each and every day, business are seeking ways to not only save money but be more conscience of…
Startup Vidyo took the stage at DEMO today to demonstrate a new approach to videoconferencing, following the announcement of their new offering…
Palm was generous enough to spend a good twenty minutes with me at the Digital Experience show. For a three-hour show with…
Bill Burnham draws a parallel between today’s Microsoft and IBM of old, circa 1975. They have pretty much the same problems and…