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2014 GoToMeeting comes to Android smartwatches
Videoconferencing app GoToMeeting added support for Android Wear smartwatches. The new app is already available on Google Play and works with Android Wear watches including the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and LG G Watch. With this GoToMeeting app, the watch is a second (or third) screen, offering only simple playback control. Citrix doesn’t expect users to conduct business from their wrist, but rather use their phone or computer for more important tasks than joining bi-daily sales calls.
2014 Citrix launched free version of GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting is one of the most popular services for video calls, web-conferencing and webinars. Even though it's not so cheap, companies are willing to pay for it because the quality of communication is really important for online meetings. And now Citrix is launching the free version of the service - GoToMeeting Free, which allows to conduct online meetings with up to three participants. The app is built on the basis of the Chrome browser and it doesn't require registration, download and installation of additional software or browser extensions. You just press the "Start Meeting" button and get the meeting link, which you can send to one or two co-workers. However, this service is purely for video chat. It doesn't provide any web-conferencing collaboration tools which GoToMeetings is famous for.
2011 GoToMeetings adds HD-video. Goes apart from Skype?
Last March, before Skype was acquired by Microsoft, it announced that the GoToMeating web-conferencing tools will be integrated into Skype's client. It could be a logical partnership because GoToMeeting and Skype are often used together to organize online meetings. But then Microsoft bought Skype, and apparently the plan was changed. After all, Microsoft and Citrix (the owner of GoToMeeting) - are more rivals than friends. Anyway, yesterday GoToMeeting launched the new version with its own video tool called HDFaces. Moreover, HDFaces can not just replace Skype for GoToMeeting users, but also compete with Skype in the global enterprise video meating market.
HDFaces supports up to 6 concurrent participants, with a maximum resolution 1920x960 pixels. I.e. the quality of the video call is potentially much better than in Skype. Video streams can be displayed in a separate window or on a separate screen. The video stream of the current speaker is automatically highlighted. At the same time, video conferencing is available absolutely free of charge for all GoToMeeting users (and the cost of GoToMeeting is $49/month per 15 users)
2011 Skype to add web-conferencing powered by GoToMeeting, not Webex
Recently Skype is intending to increase profits by expanding its business services. Skype already offers to business the VoIP service, IP-PBX integration and group video conferencing. And it would be very logical to add web-conferencing to this list, because many Skype partners (like Yuuguu, Yugma, Mikogo) are already earning on it. As known Skype almost 2 years ago added the screen-sharing feature. But it would be a shame to charge money for it. Firstly, it is the very basic implementation of screen-sharing without application selection, screen annotations, granting mouse control... Second, Skype's screen-sharing only works in one-to-one sessions and doesn't work simultaneously with video calling. So, finally, Skype has decided to pump-up and sell this feature and surprised everyone by announcing the partnership with Citrix GoToMeeting.
It is surprising that Skype, having enormous resources, is not trying to implement the web conferencing on its own or even to buy one of the startups that offer Web conferencing as add-on to Skype. Even more surprising is that they have chosen Citrix GoToMeeting but not Cisco as a partner. Because last year Cisco almost acquired Skype, and Cisco's top manager Tony Bates became the new Skype CEO. And now this guy, Tony Bates, is partnering not with familiar Cisco Webex but with its main competitor - Citrix GoToMeeting.
Meanwhile it is unknown how the joint solution of Skype and GoToMeeting will look like. Maybe they just integrate authorization and billing. I.e. Skype users will be able to login in to GoToMeeting with their Skype credentials, initiate online meetings directly from Skype and pay for web conferencing from their Skype accounts (currently GoToMeeting costs from $49/month for 15 users). Or may be, Skype will use GoToMeeting's technology and platform to create its own web-conferencing tool and will pay royalties to Citrix. The companies promise to show the result only in the 4 th quarter of this year, so that the second option - is more likely.
2010 iPad for Enterprise: the PR rush
So, iPad is now available in US and like Avatar is breaking all records (already about 400 thousand devices are sold). The first users have already downloaded several millions iPad applications, but most of them are consumer apps, rather than business applications. As we noted earlier, iPad has a little chance to become a revolutionary business tool. And not just because of the lack of webcam, multitasking, Flash support and security measures. Despite its originality, iPad will compete in the corporate market with an army of netbooks and smartphones (including iPhone). But certainly iPad will be useful for business of software vendors, which have already begun to announce iPad clients to get the customer attention.
At the forefront of those who wants this attention is Google. This is not surprising, because Google has a great interest in the consumer market. The company has already unveiled the GMail version, optimized for the iPad. It works in the mobile browser Safari, using the HTML5 standards. Furthermore, there is a version of Google Voice for iPad and most likely, soon we'll see Google Docs for the iPad.
Box.net quickly adapted its iPhone application for iPad. Unlike Google's browser-based application, it's a full-featured client that can be installed from the App Store. For Box.net it's a remarkable chance to promote its universal document viewer.
Web conferencing services Webex and GoToMeeting also released iPad-clients. They allow to view web conference content and communicate via chat. Rackspace created mobile client for the iPad, that allows to control the cloud infrastructure. IBM announced Lotus Sametime communications app for the iPad.
But Microsoft was most original. Company representatives said they are not developing and have no plans to adopt Outlook and MS Office for the iPad. And this announcement received as much attention as the appearance of GMail for the iPad.