Unify Launches Circuit, a new communications and collaboration platform

'Single pane of glass' solution leverages WebRTC.

Unify has formally released Circuit, previously known as Project Ansible. Circuit provides voice, video, screen sharing, messaging, and file sharing from a single pane of glass, removing the need to switch between multiple applications. The platform also stores and manages information through associations and conversations.

Circuit is a completely new software platform. First unveiled last year, it was designed in collaboration with frog. Unify conducted customer beta trials over the last five months, and more than 80% of respondents involved in trial said that "the unique value proposition that Circuit presents is valuable to their business," according to Unify's statement.

Circuit leverages WebRTC to provide communications and collaboration, supporting high-quality video and voice from a browser, PC, tablet or phone. Circuit features that are included in the initial release:

  • Single-pane of glass. Circuit is one web application that brings together all types of media, including voice, video, screen share, textual messaging, and content sharing in a single place.
  • Contextual search capabilities, including the ability to search and filter by search terms and people.
  • Content storage and history, providing access to files and information shared within conversations; everything stays within the context of the conversation.
  • The same user interface on all Circuit devices—from Chrome web browser, iPhone, or iPad. (Support for Android devices will be available in January 2015.)

Circuit is available now in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Pricing for Circuit is $14.95 per user/month. Unify is offering a 60-day free trial with this initial launch, and users who sign up for an annual contract will be offered Circuit for free through March 31, 2015.

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