Cisco Offers Free WebEx App for Apple iPad

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Think iPad is just for consumers? Not so, according to Cisco, which is releasing its WebEx online meeting business application for Apple's iPad tablet platform. The app will be available for free download via the App Store. Now you can attend that online meeting wherever you take your iPad.

Think the Apple iPad is just for consumers? Not according to Cisco, which is introducing its Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for the iPad, available immediately from the App Store.

The free application allows users to join and participate in online meetings—viewing and sharing slideshows and other content as well as using WebEx chat—from their Apple iPad, just as they have from desktop computers and laptops in the past.

iPad users will also have access to Cisco WebEx VOIP audio, directly from the iPad or by requesting a call back on their phones.

Putting a strictly business application such as WebEx on Apple's iPad points to the trend of the consumerization of IT, where more workers are using their personal devices in the course of their jobs.

"The Apple iPad with the availability of Cisco WebEx online meetings makes a simple, but very powerful interface," said Zeus Kerravala, distinguished research fellow at the Yankee Group, in a statement. "The trend of using personal devices for business purposes is here to stay, moving from tech savvy users to the mainstream. As a result, business productivity will be able to reach new levels."

It may ultimately also point to something that Cisco CEO John Chambers promised a year ago: consumer TelePresence in a year's time, i.e. now.

Cisco acquired WebEx in 2007. The company was founded in 1995.

Last fall Cisco announced plans to make its TelePresence HD video conferencing and WebEx online conferencing interoperable and open. One aspect of the announcement was Cisco TelePresence WebEx Engage, a scheduling and conferencing initiation tool with video integration between TelePresence and WebEx. Cisco said it combines TelePresence with the reach of the WebEx meeting center. 


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com