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Skype offers Web, audio conferencing

Veronica C. Silva | March 4, 2011
Citrix technology to help Skype expand its services to business customers

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 4 MARCH 2011 – Skype is extending its reach into the enterprise sector by offering Web and audio conferencing capabilities in cooperation with Citrix Systems.

Through Citrix Systems’ GoToMeeting technology, Skype users can now add Web and audio conferencing capabilities to their desktop application, further cementing Skype’s push into the enteprise sector. The two companies announced their partnership at the recently concluded Enterprise Connect 2011 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.

GoToMeeting is an intuitive, easy-to-use, real-time Web conferencing service. Working with Skype, the product enables companies to easily schedule meetings with no training or little assistance required.

Brett Caine, senior vice president and general manager, Citrix's Online Services Division, said: “Teaming with Skype further extends our high quality capabilities, enhancing the collaboration experience for business users and workshifters everywhere.”

Enterprise

The new Web and audio conferencing capabilities will add to the capabilities that allow companies to extend their communications infrastructure from the desktop to other Skype users.

Prior to the announcement, Skype had been offering instant messaging, voice and video calling, group video calling, conferencing, file sharing for the enterprise users. Some of these features became available through Skype’s partnerships with other technology vendors, Avaya being one of them.

David Gurlé, vice president and general manager of Skype Enterprise, noted that more and more businesses have lately been using Skype. “Web and audio conferencing has been among the top requested features by our business users. This represents a significant step towards broadening our enterprise offerings, while adding features that will enable business people to collaborate even more efficiently and effectively.” 

 

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