News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / Applications / Cisco Quad Updated to WebEx Social
Is your endpoint data protected?
Cisco Quad Updated, Rebranded as WebEx Social
Cisco Quad Updated, Rebranded as WebEx Social
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
19
2012


Cisco Quad is now Cisco WebEx Social, complete with social collaboration enhancements like a Unified Post function that makes creating a post as easy as writing an e-mail.

The updated product, announced Tuesday, will add new features for sharing knowledge, finding experts, and working together in virtual teams. Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Cloud Collaboration Technology Group, said in a statement that these enhancements will marry "the best of consumer social network features with a complete set of integrated collaboration cloud services," allowing users to participate from the device they choose.

Integration with Office

The product now known as WebEx Social is an enterprise collaboration platform that integrates social networking, content development and real-time communications. Pre-built communications applications include Cisco Jabber IM and Presence, Web conferencing and Unified Communications Manager.

A Unified Post function is at the heart of the platform's collaboration functions. The company said creating a post in WebEx Social "is as easy as writing an e-mail," and includes the ability to share content or media, attach files, embed links, conduct group discussions or edit collaboratively.

New capabilities for the rebranded platform include integration with Microsoft Office so users can jointly edit and post files from Word, PowerPoint, or Excel to WebEx Social. There's also the ability for users to stay within e-mail clients, such as Microsoft Outlook, while posting updates to WebEx Social.

Browser-based video calling will enable high-definition video conferencing without needing a separate client. The company said that the video capability is compatible with Cisco TelePresence, IP video phones, and mobile clients.

Mobile, Calendar, Deployment

Enhancements to the WebEx Social iPhone and iPad clients will add real-time instant messaging, Web conferencing, and voice calls. A new software development kit will allow outside developers to customize some of WebEx Social's capabilities, such as Activity Streams, Watch Lists or Open Search.

With the update to the app's calendar, users can now view, join, or start meetings from the calendar, and a new Expert Q&A provides for crowd-sourced answers by routing questions to an organization's experts.

The new release also provides a choice of deployments -- either as an on-premise installation, a partner-hosted deployment, or a Cisco-hosted cloud offering. In addition to replacing the Quad brand, the new WebEx Social also now encompasses the company's telepresence solution, Cisco Callway.

We asked Michael Smith, group director for Cisco Collaborative Solutions Marketing, to highlight what he saw as the updated product's distinguishing advantages.

Smith pointed to a better integration with existing applications, such as Office and e-mail. "Most people collaborate with e-mail," he said, so offering WebEx Social capabilities within that environment coincides with typical workflows.

He also noted that an expansion of real-time capabilities, such as instant messaging and video calling, builds on Cisco's strengths in those technologies, and that social capabilities on mobile clients broaden the collaborative opportunities.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN APPLICATIONS
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.