Cisco Showcases Newest Additions to WebEx Mobile Business Collaboration Offering
Cisco extends Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Service to BlackBerry, Nokia, and Samsung smartphones to help enable easy mobile web conferencing
Date/Time Stamp: February 17, 2009, 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Cisco is announcing further expansion of its mobile collaboration portfolio offering for leading 3G smartphones. Users will be able to join Cisco WebEx Meeting Center web and audio conferences on smartphones including the BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve 8900, and BlackBerry Storm from RIM, the Nokia E71, Nokia E75, Nokia N97, and other Nokia Eseries and Nseries, and the Samsung Blackjack II. They will be able to participate in audio and web conferencing via 3G or Wi-Fi, attend scheduled meetings and view presentations, applications and desktops with live annotations. In addition, Cisco is announcing the capability for hosts of Cisco WebEx meeting applications, including Meeting Center, Training Center, and Event Center to invite attendees with SMS-capable phones to attend meetings by responding to an SMS invitation.
Highlights / Key Facts:
* With Cisco WebExTM meetings on a smartphone, users are no longer out of touch when on the road. Productive meetings with customers, colleagues and partners are now as easy as a phone call. In response to customer needs, Cisco is expanding its offering of Cisco WebEx Meeting Center to include smartphones such as the BlackBerry® BoldTM, BlackBerry CurveTM 8900, and BlackBerry StormTM from Research In Motion (RIM), the Nokia E71, Nokia E75, Nokia N97, and other Nokia Eseries and Nseries, and the Samsung Blackjack II. Support for these smartphones is scheduled to be available in April 2009.
* Users will be able to launch Cisco WebEx Meeting Center through the browser on their smartphones to receive integrated audio and web conferencing over 3G or a combination of 2G and Wi-Fi. In addition, users will be able to attend a scheduled meeting and to view presentations, applications and desktops with live annotations. This offering is planned to be available on several smartphone operating systems including BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. There is no cost to attend these meetings, but to schedule and host a meeting from a computer requires a host account on Cisco WebEx Meeting Center.
* In addition, by sending an SMS message, meeting hosts will now be able to invite a mobile attendee on any SMS-capable mobile phone to a meeting in progress and the attendee will simply reply “1” to easily join the audio portion of a meeting with Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Training Center, and Event Center.
Links / URLs:
* Cisco WebEx Meeting Center http://webex.com/enterprise/web-meeting.html
* Cisco WebEx Mobility www.webex.com/mobile
* Cisco WebEx Technology Group http://webex.com/
* Cisco Collaboration http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns870/index.html\
* Cisco Enhances the Mobile Collaboration Experience with the iPhone http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2009/prod_010609c.html
* “Cisco has long been a valuable partner of ours, and we have been working closely with them to integrate their complete business collaboration offering seamlessly into the Nokia mobile experience,” said Waldemar Sakalus, Vice President, Nokia. “Both companies are focused on making mobile working as efficient as possible, which is especially important in the current climate. Cisco WebEx Meeting Center extends our joint solution portfolio in mobile collaboration, and we are delighted to make mobile meetings available for millions of people using Nokia smartphones.”
* “With the availability of applications such as Cisco WebEx Meeting Center on a larger number of 3G smartphones, 2009 looks set to be the year when enterprise applications like web conferencing become truly mobile, providing workers with access to their corporate applications on the go,” said John Simon, managing director, Optus Enterprise and Business Group. “In the current economic climate, increased productivity and greater collaboration between the best and brightest people in your organization is high on every company’s agenda. Cisco WebEx Meeting Center is a great tool to facilitate this.”
* “Enabling access to Cisco WebEx Meeting Center over BlackBerry smartphones offers a rich collaborative experience that will be welcomed by customers,” said Jeff McDowell, vice president of Global Alliances at Research In Motion. “This solution enhances mobile worker productivity with secure access and uses the unique and intuitive ’Join Now’ capability of the BlackBerry platform -- where one click connects to the conference automatically.”
* “For the way we need to work today, this offering is an important step toward increasing business productivity,” said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president, enterprise research, Yankee Group. “With the Cisco solution available on all of these smartphones, workers will be able to have a lot more choice, a lot more freedom, and those two things translate directly to being able to collaborate quickly and easily, thus getting business decisions made faster.”
* “Cisco is now extending the collaborative experience to leading smartphones,” said Doug Dennerline, senior vice president of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group. “The freedom that users will be able to gain from using this solution will help businesses and their employees to increase productivity because workers will be able to work wherever and whenever they wish, using their chosen device.”
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