Zoom, Vidyo enhance videoconferencing offerings

With a tsunami of videoconferencing and collaboration announcements in the last week, we'll start today in reverse alphabetical order beginning with news from Zoom and Vidyo, and continue to cover the video-related news in our next several editions.

Zoom Video Communications, a cloud-based videoconferencing services provider, has announced the release of Version 2.0 (V2.0). The new release brings HD videoconferencing, mobility and Web meetings for up to 25 people, now offering access on both mobile devices and to room systems.

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The service offers free unlimited minutes for 1-to-1 meetings and 40 minutes for group meetings, paid service at $9.99/month with unlimited minutes and meetings, and a public cloud H.323/SIP room connector at $49/month. New features include mobile screen sharing, a software-based HD conference room and the ability to spotlight an active speaker.

When we followed up with Nick Chang, who is responsible for product marketing at the company, he noted that Zoom serves more than 3,500 businesses and that it has provided more than 81 million total videoconferencing minutes since becoming commercially available.

In other news, Vidyo announced its VidyoConferencing 3.0 release, providing enhanced usability and new innovations to its software-based video communications and collaboration portfolio. The 3.0 upgrade provides users with a newly designed integrated desktop, also offering two new room system form factors with enhanced interactive content collaboration and tight integration for a variety of unified communications solutions.

In a related announcement, Vidyo also unveiled a deeper level of interoperability between its personal telepresence solution and Microsoft Lync, designed to improve video performance and capability inside the Lync client experience. Vidyo's next-generation Microsoft Lync plug-in will deliver an integrated Vidyo experience which makes the Lync client a Vidyo endpoint, multiparty layouts including Active Speaker and Continuous Presence, interoperability with legacy videoconferencing solutions, and the ability to integrate VidyoRoom endpoints, Mac users and iOS/Android mobile users into a Lync call.

Commenting in a statement on the company's momentum, Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo, said, "We have seen customer growth explode to an unprecedented level; one customer's usage has peaked at 750 concurrent calls, another purchased a 1,000 rooms systems in a single deployment, and a third purchased capacity that will support 500 million minutes a year. The lessons from working with these huge use cases have made the Vidyo offering more robust and user-friendly than any other solution on the market."

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