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January 08, 2008

Packet8 Virtual Office Tango Introduced by 8x8

By Brian Solomon, TMCnet Web Editor

8x8 (News - Alert), Inc. introduced the Packet8 Virtual Office Tango Video Terminal Adapter (VTA) today. The adapter is an affordable and convenient videoconferencing solution that is designed to enhance the functionality of the Packet8 Virtual Office hosted iPBX phone system. That system is currently used by more than 10,000 small businesses across America.
"Many of our Packet8 Virtual Office voice customers have at least one employee located in a remote location, so being able to videoconference with these employees by just dialing their regular extension is an easy and inexpensive way to boost office productivity," said 8x8 Chairman & CEO Bryan R. Martin. "When dealing with external customers and clients, the advantages of inexpensive, high quality visual communications go even further for those businesses that simply cannot afford the time and expense involved in traveling or purchasing high end videoconferencing and telepresence solutions which require heavy support and expensive, dedicated bandwidth. With the Packet8 Virtual Office Tango video solution, these companies can now easily and affordably employ powerful desktop video communications right next to their business phone to enhance the quality and success of their day-to-day interactions with colleagues and customers."
Packet8 Virtual Office subscribers can now enjoy the benefits of worldwide videoconferencing directly from their Virtual Office extension. These benefits include increased worker productivity, a reduction in travel expenses and time spent out of the office, better support for remote workers, more efficient meetings and the ability to maintain close contact with important clients.
The Packet8 Virtual Office Tango replaces the previous Broadband Phone Adapter that usually connects to the Virtual Office speakerphone to a business' high speed Internet network. The new portable free-standing device uses a built-in LCD color screen and rotating camera to deliver advanced full-motion video at up to 30 frames per second.
The Packet8 Virtual Office Tango also allows users to integrate with Microsoft (News - Alert) Outlook, as well as Virtual Office calling features. It also boasts compatibility with Packet8 Softalk Office, a built-in router, a digital picture frame, easy navigation and a remote surveillance mode.
Brian Solomon is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Brian Solomon’s columnist page
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