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Cisco Puts WebEx On Chromebooks
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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/24/2014 | 9:01:59 AM
Re: A nice addition
I think for smaller companies this is very attractive.  The Chromeboxes are inexpensive and with Vidyo you can connect your sessions to the more traditional videoconferencing systems.  It gives you a big company feel for a small investment.   I've talked to folks from a few smaller companies who use Google+ and Skype only because they don't want the expense of a dedicated system but they feel like Skype is videoconferencing on training wheels.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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3/21/2014 | 9:18:41 AM
Re: A nice addition
Do you think it would impact the low-end of the market too -- Skype, for example? If the price is right, perhaps SMBs and SOHO would switch to the Google option if it had more benefits -- higher quality, much faster connection, reliability vs. Skype? Or am I way off here?! :)
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/21/2014 | 8:37:36 AM
Re: A nice addition
Yes it does seem like the Chromebooks are just the beginning.  Doing a little research on this I turned up Google's Chromebox teleconferening solution.  It is aimed at smaller companies who can't pull off a larger traditional solution.  We build these solutions all the time so it's something I'm very familiar with.  If they can take what they are doing with the Chromebox and move it into a browser based or tablet solution it is going to be very disruptive to the teleconferecning market and to Cisco's larger more expensive units.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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3/20/2014 | 12:57:58 PM
Re: A nice addition
This system does look attractive for SMBs, home offices, and mobile workers who don't run the type of legacy app you mention, @Sane. I imagine Chromebooks are just the beginning and Cisco/Google plan to expand the partnership so users can access the same performance and capabilities on Android tablets or the Chrome browser running on other devices too, at some point. That's just my opinion. This was not addressed at the conference and I did not speak to execs from either company after the keynote.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/20/2014 | 8:33:14 AM
Re: A nice addition
In an environment that has moved to cloud based applications and services the Chromebooks are an attractive option so it is nice to see them making progress.  I can't say that I'm at the point where a Chromebook could take over for any of my daily devices but in the next few years that is a very real possibility.  I have one legacy application that I can not move to a web interface or cloud based solution but when I can that will be a tipping point for losing the fat client model.

The teleconferencing addition does make me want to pick up a Chromebox and try it with our VCS via Vidyo to see how it stacks up.  This might be a solution for our smaller offices where a full sized teleconferencing codec is overkill.

 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Strategist
3/19/2014 | 9:58:53 AM
Re: A nice addition
Yes, I doubt it would be THE reason someone would switch to Chromebooks, but I have to say it was lightening fast and a great tool for those already on or planning to use Chromebooks at their home or business. In fact, the videconferencing connection was so fast that you could hardly see the connection being made during the demo! The execs discussed it and, within a second or so (unscientific timing), the Chromebook connected to Cisco's videoconferencing system and the group in Virginia. That said, if Cisco doesn't expand to other platforms and browsers it will severely limit its market.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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3/19/2014 | 9:45:28 AM
A nice addition
I have to say that this is a nice tool and it could go a long way with current Chromebook owners but I don't know if this is going to drive many more people to use Chromebooks.  Google has a lot of ground to make up in the image building of ChromeOS so it is nice to see them expanding the native functionality but I think they are still going to suffer from the image of being a think client like device for some time to come.


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