Cisco Adds Skype for Business to Video Conference Rooms

Cisco Adds Skype for Business to Video Conference Rooms Image Credit: Cisco

Cisco, Monday introduced a new product, Cisco Meeting Server to serve as an integration server that lets Skype for Business users join a meeting held on an on-premises Cisco video conferencing system(VCS).

The software makes it simple to connect people in Cisco video rooms with others who are using Skype for Business. In fact, with this technology, everyone can join - regardless of whether they are using Polycom or Avaya gear, a mobile client or a WebRTC-enabled browser, said the company.

Cisco Meeting Server brings video, audio, and web communication together to meet the collaboration needs of the modern workplace. It is designed to ensure that everyone gets a consistent, familiar meeting experience, whether they’re joining a meeting using Cisco or third-party video endpoints, a Cisco Jabber client, Cisco Meeting App (native or via a WebRTC compatible browser), or Skype for Business.

Cisco Meeting Server has been optimized to be deployed with Cisco Unified Communications Manager, said Cisco.

Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of Cisco’s IoT and Applications Groups
Connecting should not be hard. But it has been, because certain vendors’ technologies have not played well with standards-based technologies, like Cisco’s industry-leading video systems. We just fixed that, and the impact is huge. Just as you don’t think twice about whether an iPhone can call a Samsung Galaxy, enterprises need to know that everyone can join the meeting. 

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