Citrix Launches Podio Instant Messaging and Video Chat
May 07, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Citrix announced the availability of Podio Chat, including instant messaging (available now) as well as video and audio chat.
According to a release, designed for the increasingly mobile and dispersed, modern team, Podio Chat enables ad hoc conversations with the right people to flourish, whenever discussion needs to happen - so teams can respond quicker and make decisions even faster. With the addition of one-to-one and group instant messaging (IM), as well as one-to-one video and audio chat, Podio now makes it easier for teams to instantly connect and get the context they need on projects, tasks, business processes and everyday workflow outside of an organized meeting setting. Watch the video tutorial of Podio Chat to see how it works.
"Any effective team will tell you that the key to success is having open and accessible communications, whether it be in a physical office, face-to-face on a GoToMeeting with HDFaces session, an audio call, through live comments on Podio or via instant messaging," said Bernardo de Albergaria, VP & GM, SaaS Products and Markets at Citrix. "Podio Chat bridges the gap between 'real time' and 'my time,' increasing the velocity of communications within Podio and making purposeful collaboration happen faster and more effectively - no more waiting for answers."
Citrix Podio also became the first collaboration service of its kind to provide IM and video chat "in context," giving more meaning to ad hoc conversations as they happen around projects, tasks and business processes, the Company said. Unlike standard IM tools, Podio Chat gives teams the ability to see which contacts are online, across the entire company ecosystem, whether it be internal employees or external contractors, suppliers or partners working with a team in a Podio workspace.
"The real value of IM and video chat is when it's used in the context of the work in progress - the tasks, projects and deliverables in action that require discussion to get done," said Tommy Ahlers, VP of social collaboration at Citrix. "With Podio Chat, teams can experience seamless, fluid workflow, where questions get answered quickly because the right people are online, available and focused on the same work at the same time. The immediacy of in-context Podio Chat dramatically improves team efficiencies, not only by providing a central hub for communication, but also by retaining the rich history of information exchanged between team members, so nothing gets lost."
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