Cisco is offering a free WebEx online meeting application for the App Store for Apple's iPad, which goes on sale April 3. Through the WebEx app, users will be able to participate in online meetings created through the Cisco technology.
Cisco Systems is bringing its WebEx collaboration offering to Apple's iPad.
When Apple's tablet goes on sale April 3, owners will be able
to download Cisco's WebEx Meeting
Center app, enabling them to participate
in online meetings.
The move April 2 is the latest by Cisco to enable businesspeople
to use its collaboration technology on the device of their choice, according to
Debra Chrapaty, senior vice president and general manager of the vendor's Collaboration
"When a powerful collaboration solution like Cisco
WebEx Meeting Center
for the iPad is combined with an intuitive and WiFi-enabled user experience,
businesses and users both win," Chrapaty said in a statement.
Cisco is offering the business app for free on the iPad App
Store. After downloading the WebEx app, users can participate in an online
meeting by tapping the meeting URL located in the email or calendar invitation,
according to Cisco officials.
With WebEx, iPad users will have access to all the features
available in the collaboration product. They'll be able to participate in
meetings, view shared presentations, applications and desktops, view the
meeting participant list, see who's talking and talk privately with someone else
in the meeting.
They'll also have access to the VOIP (voice over IP)
communication through WebEx or get a call back on a phone, officials said.
Like the iPhone, Apple officials are positioning the iPad as a
consumer device. However, also like the iPhone, businesses
applications will be included in the iPad's ever-expanding App Store.
That's already begun, with a number of data storage vendors introducing
iPad applications, as well as tech companies like desktop
virtualization vendor Wyse Technology.
According to application research firm Flurry, there are
more than 20,000 applications in development for the iPad App Store. Apple
currently lists more than 2,000 apps for the iPad.