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Cisco Webex and Samsung – Taking mobile meetings to a new level

How often during the past 12 months have you started a conference call from your car and finished it at your desk? If the answer is more than once, you know that experience can be cumbersome. Between dialing in, sharing content and taking notes, the switch between outside and inside was anything but seamless.

I said “was” because Samsung and Cisco Webex are working to take that meeting experience to a whole new level. The future of meetings is mobile and both companies are partnering to make the switch between those environments easier than ever.

“Hey, Bixby”

Let’s start with joining a video conference from your car:  taking your attention from traffic to your mobile phone to find your app and join a meeting can be dangerous. That’s why we’ve integrated Webex Meetings with a number of virtual assistants, and soon, we will support Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby. The experience of joining the meeting is as easy as saying, “Hey, Bixby, start my personal room.” Et voilà, Webex Meetings starts and joins your meeting room automatically.

Seamless integration from mobile to desktop

When it comes to switching from a mobile to a desktop, the latest Samsung mobile phones come with an embedded technology called Samsung DeX. Take a cable and connect your phone to a screen and this is the type of desktop experience that will appear.

DeX is not a different operating system; it’s just a different Android experience, optimized for desktop use. As people rely more and more on their smartphones for their primary compute power, this integration with DeX will be increasingly critical for highly mobile customers.

What did Cisco and Samsung do to improve switching from “on-the-go” to “at-the-desk”? We worked on tighter integrations: when you are on a Webex meeting on your mobile phone and need to switch to DeX, the meeting continues seamlessly. You can then share your DeX screen as easily as on a regular desktop. Samsung and Cisco can now help you be more productive, wherever you are.

Samsung Developer Conference

We previewed these innovations this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Jose, and the features will be available in Webex Meetings over the next several months. Edward Choi, VP of Alliances at Samsung and Matt MacPherson, Cisco CTO of Wireless, demonstrated these integrations in a Webex meeting with Amy Chang, Cisco’s EVP and GM of Collaboration.

Making life easier in the enterprise is the reason people at Samsung and Cisco innovate every day. We will continue to work hand in hand to bring these innovations in collaboration, networking and security in the future.

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Tips for great video conferencing on-the-go with Cisco Webex

Most of us live and breathe through our smartphones and tablets these days. They’ve evolved from a source of convenience and entertainment into an essential tool to facilitate today’s work/life balance.

In our day-to-day, we’ve probably all called into a Webex meeting before while coming from another meeting, or dropping our kids off at school, or waiting for a flight. So we need that mobile conferencing experience to allow us to participate seamlessly and reliably, as if we were sitting right next to the person with whom we’re collaborating, with no distractions. That’s precisely the vision of our Cisco Webex mobile app. And to reach this goal, we’re building some incredible features that are unique to the mobile user – such as blurred background support and automatic light adjustment – which strive to achieve the perfect meeting in ways that were never before possible.

There are many more tips and tricks that Webex video conferencing has made possible for a truly delightful mobile experience, and I’d like to share these cool features with you on the “Go Mobile with Webex” webinar on Aug 22, 10-11 AM PT.

Please register here  and join me to learn a few things that will take your next Webex mobile meeting to the next level.

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The video conferencing tool you need for a mobile workforce

Video streaming is an especially demanding—and popular—application. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, video accounted for 73 percent of all Internet Protocol (IP) traffic in 2016 and could climb to 82 percent by 2021. This expanding footprint for video also coincides with the rapid growth of mobile data consumption, spearheaded by video-enabled apps like YouTube, as well as the growing ranks of business conferencing solutions.

Still, the highly performance-sensitive nature of video means that even as it becomes a more common fixture of team communications, its quality can never be taken for granted. Ensuring a crisp, lifelike experience for everyone who streams a webinar or participates in a video conference requires threading a few technical needles first:

  • For starters, the underlying network infrastructure must be scalable and secure, to handle rising demand and shield against many potential threats.
  • Next, solutions such as software-defined wide area networks (aka SD-WANs) may be necessary to avoid the performance hiccups that trickle down to teams as grainy video and glitchy audio.
  • Finally, the video conferencing service itself must offer an intuitive cross-platform experience, one that’s as optimized for the telecommuter on his smartphone as it is for the in-office executive on her PC or Mac.

Let’s explore the third one in more depth. As workforces become more mobile and distributed, a video conferencing platform can be a uniquely powerful way to bring them together, to make them feel as if they are in the same shared space despite being potentially thousands of miles apart. Usability is particularly important in capitalizing on video’s potential here.

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Three Tips for “Office-On-The-Go” Apps

Just last year, almost half a billion mobile devices and connections were added to networks, increasing to 7.4 billion from 6.9 billion in 2013. Clearly, mobility is on the rise, and its skyrocketing trajectory shows no signs of slowing.

For businesses and brands, this presents a wealth of new opportunities as more embrace and promote BYOD practices with their employees, enabling them to conduct business during an Uber ride in Chicago, on a plane flying over San Francisco, or from a hotel lobby in India, without electronic leashes of desktop computers and cable-equipped handsets holding them back.

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