Cisco WebEx, Jabber get closer to being fully accessible anywhere

Cisco delivers updates for WebEx and Jabber to boost connectivity with other devices and applications.

Cisco is rolling out new updates to two of its most well-known and used products: WebEx and Jabber.

Cisco asserts that the updates for WebEx and Jabber stem from the fact that the "post-PC era continues to evolve" and "a desktop centric approach has too many limitations."

Thus, powered by the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, Cisco's efforts here focus on building tools that boost collaboration from anywhere, anytime, on any device or application. Thus, the major updates for these two solutions can be summed up in two words: more connectivity.

Here are highlights on the new capabilities in each product:

WebEx: The updated version promotes a centralized meeting space for streamlining items before, during and after a meeting, such as meeting agendas, recordings, presentations and notes shared during the meeting for following up later.

It will also support HD video with Cisco TelePresence and supports two-way video on the Cisco Cius, Apple iPad and Apple iPhone. WebEx will also support a set of common APIs that can integrate third-party applications, such as CRM offerings.

Jabber: A new, customizable Jabber web browser plug-in enables companies and developers to embed collaboration capabilities into any web-based application. Basically, using just a web browser, employees can communicate and collaborate with presence, IM and click-to-call or click-to-video capabilities within line of business web applications or general purpose, public-cloud web applications.

The new version of WebEx will be available in beta soon. The Jabber plug-in is downloadable immediately.