Polycom enables Telepresence with Skype, Facebook and Google

March 12, 2013 by Christopher Isak 9 Comments »

Telepresence with anyone?

Today I would like to present you something I considered rather exciting news. So far only the Blue Jeans Network MCU solution was able to bridge Skype users into enterprise-class video conferences but this might change and might even be bested by Polycom.

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So what’s new?

Announcing “Business Class Video Conferencing with Anyone”, Polycom is extending their RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite to be compatible with pre-industry telepresence applications including Skype, Google Talk and Facebook Video Chat. Beyond that it is said that anyone with merely a browser and webcam will be able to join video conferences as well, no matter if they are within the firewall or outside of it.

All your contacts from those directories along with your corporate contact list will be available in a single platform. Simply point and click your participants to establish an enterprise-grade secured video conference. Further they are including smartphones and tablets to be available for video calls.

Content sharing is said to be available even though it is yet to be seen how that works with clients like Facebook Video Chat that do not support a content channel by default. I am keen on seeing more of this solution.

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When will it be available?

The extension is expected to be available in April 2013. Contact your Polycom Sales Rep or visit their webpage for further information. If you already had some insight into the solution feel welcome to share your comments with us below.


Demonstration of the Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite with new features to work with Skype, Facebook and Google

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVttZzDysM

 
  • Anonymous D

    Interesting! I know Google uses Vidyo but no idea that Facebook video chat could ever be hooked up with anything else. Let’s see how this will work … Probably will need the Cloudaxis suite to start with…

  • http://twitter.com/inrichco inrich

    Its a bit different to what Bluejeans does.. per the demo, you IM a link to your Skype/Google/Facebook user and then the video launches in a *new* browser. i.e. its not native video integration and Skype is not actually bridged on an MCU at all (which is what Bluejeans does). I’m not saying this is bad, but it is a subtle difference… perhaps the key issue is the interface launched for the Skype user will not necessarily be familiar.

    • http://twitter.com/ChristopherIsak Christopher Isak

      Hi Richard
      I see what you are talking about and I agree with that.
      I am curious if that will change in the actual product once it is released or not.
      If not the exciting extension turns into an automation that merely saves you from copy & pasting the link into a different chat system.

      • http://twitter.com/inrichco inrich

        Exactly, I saw it demo’d at a user group.. it was greeted with howls of laughter as the guy presenting tried to claim it was interop in action. Still the automation of a directory and assisting in the “cut and paste” is helpful, but this needs to be a stop gap if the product is going to be taken seriously (well in my humble opinion).

        • http://twitter.com/ChristopherIsak Christopher Isak

          Thanks for your insight, Richard. Well I do hope they manage to pull it off in a native way soon. Polycom could get a real competitive edge with that. Let’s see how it will work out.

  • Uni6

    No, it won’t happen. Or provide some proper proof that you can. This one rather proofs that it won’t work but pasts a dialin link in chat.
    Not interop.. No matter how good your sales school was.

  • andrew haun

    Although it’s very hip and handy to group Skype / Google and Facebook all together, I just can’t trust them as part of my chain for online collaboration. I prefer to use RHUB’s appliance, because it works from behind my firewall (instead of outside of it).

    • http://www.about.me/ChristopherIsak Christopher Isak

      Hi Andrew,
      An absolutely adequate point of view but I believe the approach is more on getting consumer grade endpoints into your secure environment for collaboration without breaking the security.

      Happy to hear more from you on this one if I haven’t understood your point correctly.

      Best regards,
      Chris

    • http://twitter.com/ChristopherIsak Christopher Isak

      Hi Andrew,

      An absolutely adequate point of view but I believe the approach is more on getting consumer grade endpoints into your secure environment for collaboration without breaking the security.

      Happy to hear more from you on this one if I haven’t understood your point correctly.

      Best regards,

      Chris

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