Faced with addressing the needs of businesses adopting the new normal of a hybrid workforce with markedly different technical and cultural demands, Cisco has announced a range of actions to provide smart and seamless collaboration in the new environment with an updated Webex slate and an intention to buy audience interaction company Slido.
Principally the company has announced an all-new Webex app for meetings, messaging and calling, and introduced three devices for workers – Webex Desk, Webex Desk Camera and Webex Desk Hub. It also unveiled a new Webex App Hub, a collaboration app ecosystem that includes prebuilt integrations with Box, Dropbox, Salesforce, ServiceNow, MIRO and Workplace for Facebook. Into this, it will fit the Slido technology, which is designed to enable higher levels of user engagement – before, during and after meetings and events.
Putting the launches into perspective, Jeetu Patel, senior vice-president and general manager for security and applications at Cisco, said the moves were part of the company’s purpose to power an “inclusive future” where collaboration technology plays a critical role in levelling the playing field so everyone is able to participate in the global economy regardless of geography, language and personality type.
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