Citrix Adds Video Conferencing to GoToMeeting
Citrix Systems is finally bringing high-definition video conferencing capabilities to its GoToMeeting online collaboration offering, a move that will bring it into closer competition with the likes of Cisco Systems and Polycom.
Citrix officials on Aug. 2 announced the general availability of GoToMeeting with HDFaces, which will enable video collaboration for up to six attendees in a GoToMeeting conference, with the only requirements being a PC or Mac, an Internet connection and a Webcam. They touted the technology's ease of use, saying that there was no setup required and that users would only need a click or two to get a meeting up and running.
The company first introduced the technology in October 2010 at its Citrix Synergy show, at the time announcing the beta program for the software.
"GoToMeeting with HDFaces changes the definition of face-to-face meetings from a place you go to a thing you do, " Brett Caine, senior vice president and general manager of the company s Citrix Online Services Division. "That is the essence of our integrated collaboration vision and the promise of our unique HD experience."
Video conferencing has seen growing demand as businesses look to curb costs -- in this case, especially travel expenses while increasing productivity, particularly among an increasingly mobile workforce that is working more and more offsite. A growing number of tech vendors are looking to offer video collaboration as part of a larger communications solution. They also are looking to bring video collaboration to a wider variety of endpoints, from large telepresence screens to laptops, tablets and smartphones.
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