What do you think? Which devices are you using? Here’s a “confession” from our very own Alex Hadden-Boyd, Director of Marketing for the Collaboration Software Group,
“BlackBerry’s turn for Cisco WebEx Meeting Center!”
I’ve been blogging about iPads and iPhones and I’m sure many of you have wondered: “what about BlackBerry?” Well I have good news and a confession. The good news is that Cisco today announced a free downloadable client for Cisco WebEx Meeting Center on BlackBerry smartphones. The confession is that I’m a multiple device user -- I do have an iPhone and an iPad, but I also have a BlackBerry. And since my Blackberry is funded by Cisco, that’s the device I use for company business like email and Single Number Reach. So I’m thrilled that the ability to easily attend a meeting on my BlackBerry is now available.
You can now attend WebEx meetings on your BlackBerry to collaborate with colleagues, partners and customers. I should clarify that we support the newer models of BlackBerry on OS 4.6. If your BlackBerry isn’t one of them, time to upgrade!
The WebEx app has many of the same features as the WebEx on the iPad—being able to join WebEx meetings with integrated audio call back (no WebEx VoIP on BlackBerry in this release), see shared presentations, view participant list and chat with attendees. In addition, users with WebEx host accounts can also start pre-scheduled WebEx meetings on their BlackBerry and pass presenter control to another attendee joined from a computer.
One of the key areas of focus in developing this application has been in providing the best user experience for the BlackBerry users. To start, we’ve conducted many rounds of usability testing to make sure the application is easy and intuitive for BlackBerry users to join and participate in WebEx meetings. For example, the WebEx app for BlackBerry allows meeting participants to use contextual menus and shortcuts for fast navigation, like “I” to zoom in, and “O” to zoom out, while they are on the go.
Of course, all WebEx meetings, including meetings on the BlackBerry, are delivered via theCisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud . This means users can join WebEx meetings on their BlackBerry anywhere in the world while IT can have the confidence that it’s highly secure and reliable, end to end.
You can download the WebEx for BlackBerry app from http://www.webex.com/blackberry or from BlackBerry App World. To see the application in action, join a live demo by visitingwww.webex.com on your supported BlackBerry smartphones from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm PST, Monday through Friday. And let me know how you like the experience and how it’ll make you more productive. We’ll continue to enhance this application, so ideas for enhancements are also welcome.
Today, Cisco announced it has completed the acquisition of TANDBERG, a global leader in video communications. The close of this transaction, and the consequent creation of an extensive combined product portfolio, accelerate Cisco’s vision of changing the way people communicate and collaborate by delivering simple, unique and interoperable collaboration experiences.
The full TANDBERG product line is now part of the Cisco TelePresence portfolio. Through this combined offering, the Cisco TelePresence business provides customers with access to a fully integrated architecture, a comprehensive network-based endpoint and infrastructure portfolio – designed to help provide multivendor interoperability – and a suite of unique experiences, customizable applications and flexible deployment models.
Check out the video below for a glimpse at our TelePresence vision.
Cisco will be hosting two webcasts for analysts and press where Marthin De Beer and Fredrik Halvorsen will outline Cisco’s video vision, Cisco and Tandberg coming together and the formation of the combined TelePresence Technology Group. Both webcasts will cover the same material. For more information and to register for the webcasts, go to:
The momentum of Cisco’s flagship CRS-3 and ASR 9000 platforms continues to increase.
Include Dutch service provider KPN in the camp of those who believe the 322-terabit capacity of Cisco’s new CRS-3 core router – as well as its embedded data center and cloud computing intelligence – is vital for supporting the continuing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.
Recently Cisco announced an expanded TrustSec solution incorporating unified policy, identity-aware network capabilities, and confidential data integrity. These elements were designed to enhance the viability of infrastructure components (such as Cisco’s Catalyst® and Nexus® switches) and policy/security components (such as Cisco’s access control system, NAC manager, and guest server products).
Cisco staged its first Networkers forum in the Middle East March 29-31.
It might not be the last.
Cisco hosted nearly 3000 people at the Formula 1 automobile race track in Bahrain, the island country in the Arabian Gulf. Engineers and other IT professionals, customer representatives, 10 key industry analysts covering emerging markets, and media listened to Cisco executives, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, and others; attended a variety of the approximately 200 individual sessions and breakouts; browsed Cisco’s World of Solutions, and . . . well . . . networked.