You won’t need a Google+ profile anymore to use Google’s Hangouts video chat, thanks to new updates that aim to make the video conferencing platform more appealing to businesses.
Forget video conferences: Perch wants to connect office workers through always-on video feeds via wall-mounted iPads.
Elance recently introduced video chat to its users as a new feature embedded directly into the site. That will allow employers and contractors to have face-to-face communication without having to open a different application or video chat client.
Hangouts may be the killer feature of Google Plus, but the ability to join a Hangout could eventually come to third-party apps and services as well. Google has said that it wants to bring interoperability to the service, which could spell further trouble for Skype.
The issues that distributed teams face are not really down to shortfalls in technology so much as how we use that technology. One “old school” collaboration tool that remote teams use frequently is the teleconference; it’s a tool that can fail miserably if not used well.
Nike’s ditching carbon offsets for travel and is instead looking into teleconferencing. The company plans to have an additional 200 video conferencing systems installed soon. Nike is also said to be “investing heavily in teleconferencing technologies.” Which begs the question, who’s benefiting from this investment? Cisco or another company perhaps?