Big News You May Have Missed

Popular stories from the last week that you may have missed

Big News You May Have Missed

It was a confusing April for many of us, as we struggled to adapt to a world where remote working was no longer the trend of the future, but the reality of right now.

Now that May is finally arriving, it feels as though many companies are getting back into the swing of things, finding new and creative ways to keep moving in uncertain times. With companies like Zoom, Microsoft, Cisco, and many others offering easy ways for us to stay connected, we’re beginning to get back on track.

The last week has brought a slew of exciting news stories to the UC market, including changes in the C-Suite for Cisco, and a new competitor on the market for Zoom. If you haven’t had a chance to check out all the stories, here are the ones you don’t want to miss.

Cisco Loses Another Executive

Cisco might have its eye on the future with things like cognitive collaboration tools and partnerships with Microsoft, but it seems that something is stopping the company’s execs from staying put. Over the last month, Cisco has lost three major players in its C-Suite. Another of Cisco’s top executives, Vasili Triant, abandoned ship this month to become UJET’s new Chief Business Officer.

Over March 2020, Cisco racked up an impressive 14 billion meeting minutes, but that success hasn’t stopped other leaders from leaving the company. Amy Chang and David Goeckeler said so long to the organisation recently too. Check out the full story here.

Cisco Webex vs. Zoom

Speaking of Cisco, it offers one of the market-leading solutions for collaboration in the current landscape. With Cisco Webex Teams and Meetings, you can unlock powerful interactions for your team members in no time. However, there are plenty of other competitors on the market that can deliver sensational results too.

In our recent comparison, we put Cisco and Zoom head-to-head to see which one comes out on top when it comes to things like security, experience, and general feature set. If you’re looking for the perfect collaboration tool for your team, check out our comparison piece here.

Introducing the New Jabra Headset Range

There are few things more important than a good headset to communication these days. That’s particularly true in an environment where more people are working away from the office, and need extra help staying focused with distractions all around them. Fortunately, market leader Jabra is here to help. The company recently introduced a new Evolve2 range of headsets, designed to boost concentration and clarity in any workspace.

The Jabra headsets come with advanced features, like the ability to cancel up to 50% more noise than their counterparts and deliver 40% better audio transmissions. Other features of the Evolve2 range included monitoring and analytics capabilities, leading performance and sound, and even market-leading busy signals too.

Google Searches for UC Surge Across UK

It’s no secret that the world of work has changed rapidly in the last few weeks, with more companies working from home and embracing cloud connectivity than ever before. According to a recent report by the digital marketing company, Semetrical, there has also been a significant upturn in the number of people searching for unified communications technology recently too.

The agency said that it looked at keywords relevant to the core products and service offerings provided by companies in the IT and communications industry. The results of the research found that UC and IT conferencing solutions have become a leading priority for UK businesses since the pandemic. However, there’s also been a more significant global trend of companies flocking to the cloud too.

Facebook Launches Messenger Rooms

As collaboration tools gain more focus than ever before, everyone seems to have their toe in the meeting space right now. Market leaders like Zoom and Microsoft could have another competitor on the horizon now, as Facebook recently introduced its new Messenger Rooms. The Messenger Rooms solution allows for group calling capabilities that support up to 50 people at once. This makes it a strong competitor against Zoom, which also provides for meetings between large groups of people.

Facebook seems to be taking advantage of some of the concerns that people have had about using Zoom following the Zoombombing incident. The company has promised to protect users from unwanted people dropping into conversations with extra security measures.


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