Video collaboration software

Updated: June 07, 2019

2018. Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration



Webex Teams, a service for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing and white boarding, has added cloud calling via the integration with enterprise-grade cloud-based PBX phone system BroadCloud Calling. The addition of calling to Webex Teams’ content sharing and messaging capabilities makes it a “single UC (unified communications) application, which was the original vision of UC. Webex Teams was launched earlier this year when Cisco merged its two collaboration platforms – Webex and Spark – into a single platform.


2018. Cisco acquired Accompany to add AI to Webex



Cisco has agreed to acquire startup Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies. It's like a personal assistant, giving executives the context they need before conversations and meetings. Cisco plans to incorporate Accompany technology into its collaboration products, for example by introducing company and individual profiles into Webex meetings. Cisco says it will pay $270 million in cash and stock in the deal.


2018. Google's Slack competitor Hangouts Chat is now generally available



After months of testing, Google is opening its business messaging platform, Hangouts Chat, to everyone. The Slack-like service for team communication is now open to all of the company's business customers who use its G Suite services. Google is a relatively late entrant to the business-messaging software game. At this point, Slack and Microsoft, with its Teams app, both have significant head-starts. But there are a few areas where Google is hoping to differentiate itself from the competition. By being directly integrated into all the Google services businesses are already using, like Drive and and Google Calendar, Hangouts Chat can streamline tasks like file sharing and scheduling meetings. For example, Google's meeting-scheduling bot will be able to automatically schedule team meetings based on each person's calendar.


2017. Zoho Meeting gets iOS app



With the new Zoho Meeting iOS app you can have meetings with coworkers as well as host webinars, deliver demos, and provide user education for customers. Powered by iOS 11, the Zoho Meeting app enables you to share your phone’s screen with your audience, whether they’re customers or coworkers. This is useful not only for live demos and hosting webinars, but also for making presentations more contextual and interactive. Neither you nor your collaborators need to create an account or sign in to participate. If you have the app installed, you’re all ready to join a meeting or host one yourself.


2016. HipChat adds group video chat



Group chat service for business HipChat (that is called the Slack's main rival) has released built-in video conferencing system. It allows HipChat users to video chat with the click of one button and gives users more control on who they want to see. Prior to the update, users could video chat but they had to rely on a third-party integration, such as BlueJeans, HYFY and Google Hangouts. Those require having separate accounts, take more time to start and give users less control over who they see when. In March Slack developers also promised to add video and audio calls to their product.


2016. Frame.io created video collaboration extension for Adobe Premiere Pro



Frame.io launched an extension that will enable video editors to use the video collaboration tool inside the video-editing program Adobe Premiere Pro. The ability to respond to changes from within Premiere while editing creates a more efficient workflow. For example, it enables to export directly from the edit sequence to Frame.io and add collaborators easily. The Premiere extension is perfect for editors, and the web application is great for customers/clients.


2015. Video collaboration startup Frame.io raised $2.2M



Frame.io, the service that improves collaboration process around video production has raised a $2.2 million. Co-founder and CEO Emery Wells says Frame.io emerged from his own frustrations about the tools available when he needed to work with clients, team members and other collaborators. On a typical project, you could share media files via Dropbox, Box or Hightail, but they don’t offer a great video-viewing experience, so might end up posting videos privately on YouTube or Vimeo. Bt even then, Wells said, “Communicating in a static email sucks; you just end up with a mess of links.” With Frame.io, you can upload video, photo and audio files; view the files in your browser; compare different versions; leave time-stamped annotations and comments; and even draw directly on the video or image.