February 23, 2009
Cisco to Make Available its WebEx Software to Smartphones of All Size and Color
By Narayan Bhat, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Telecom equipments vendor Cisco has agreed to make available its WebEx client software to a new breed of smartphones such as Nokia N series handsets and the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900.
With WebEx software, smartphone owners can participate in the meetings even while on the go. The system works when the organizers of the audio conference invite others by sending a text message.
In January, Cisco extended its WebEx software to the users of Apple’s (News - Alert) popular iPhone 3G. So far, more than 70,000 people have reportedly downloaded this software.
WebEx may remove the burden of laptop that they usually carry wherever they go. They no longer need to carry heavier laptop as that work will now be carried out by the smartphone.
The WebEx software enables Smartphone users to view presentations, applications, and desktops with live annotations. Users can access the service to hear and see the meetings via a Wi-Fi connection, a 3G data network, or using a combination of Wi-Fi and EDGE.
"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 (News - Alert) WebEx Meeting Center is a great tool to facilitate this," said John Simon, managing director, Optus Enterprise and Business Group.
Analysts also agree that the solution helps businesses to save time and increase productivity because workers will be able to work wherever and whenever they wish.
Also included in this growing list of smartphones is Samsung Blackjack II.
Narayan Bhat is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Narayan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Tim Gray