LifeSize Extends Cloud Video Service to Internet Explorer
The video conferencing vendor is continuing to aggressively expand the LifeSize Cloud solution it rolled out seven months ago.LifeSize Communications is enabling customers to access video conferences via Internet Explorer, one of several enhancements the company is making to the cloud conferencing services it rolled out earlier this year. Taking LifeSize's video conferencing capabilities to the cloud was a key initiative for Craig Malloy when he returned to the company as CEO in February after two years away. Three months after his return, LifeSize introduced LifeSize Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering designed to deliver enterprise-class video collaboration to businesses that is easy to scale and enables users to collaborate on whatever device they want and from anywhere they are. The company, which is owned by Logitech, in October introduced a dashboard monitoring system for the solution, and now LifeSize is adding more capabilities. Key among them is the Internet Explorer support, which Malloy said will be followed next year by the addition of Safari and Firefox support to enable browser-based calls from those browsers as well. The cloud solution already supports Google Chrome. "Offering LifeSize Cloud on Internet Explorer provides our users with added flexibility and efficiency," Malloy said in a statement. "We're going into 2015 with a positive outlook, and we anticipate it will be an even bigger year for us."
Other new features announced Dec. 1 include enabling workers using Mac and Windows devices to create favorites lists of those people they most frequently call, and the ability for Windows and Mac users to chat with each other. In addition, LifeSize offers enhanced insights for account managers via the solution's Web Console, which gives organizations more data on how the LifeSize cloud offering is being used throughout the company by accessing call usage information for all users and rooms.