Way Cool. There is no other way I can describe our new WebEx for the iPad app version 2.0 that is available as of today from the Apple App Store. It brings the compelling high-quality, multi-stream video conferencing features to the iPad app we announced last month– and the experience rocks. With a swipe of a finger or a quick tap you can instantly see the video of all meeting participants, zoom into full screen video of just the active speaker and toggle seamlessly between video and the content being shared. We’ve also added highly requested host capabilities in this release. It is quite simply the best experience we have delivered in my eight years here at Cisco WebEx.
When we first ventured into the world of mobile apps almost two years ago with the Cisco WebEx app for the iPhone in January of 2009, I knew it would be “Cool”, but what I didn’t realize at the time was just how truly valuable these new mobile apps were going to be. Based on our usage data, regular conversations with customers and my own personal experience I can now confidently say that WebEx mobile really does improve business productivity by enabling all participants, wherever they are, to easily join a WebEx meeting and collaborate fully. This trend is only accelerating thanks to mobile tablets which are ideal form factors for consuming rich media such as meetings. Our usage of the WebEx app on the iPad is much higher and growing faster than usage on smartphones. Others are seeing this too; just this month, Cisco WebEx was named one of the Top 15 Essential iPad Apps for Work by PC World.