VideoMeet Connect: a web browser is all you need to do video conferencing

Mar 07, 2012

  • New feature of VideoMeet enables videoconferencing using only the browser without the need for additional software
  • First video service worldwide that bridges different videoconferencing systems, standards and devices now also supports Microsoft Lync

Deutsche Telekom is extending the VideoMeet service with a new feature: VideoMeet Connect. It allows users to join VideoMeet videoconferences directly from a web browser without the need for additional software. The cloud-based VideoMeet service already allowed for anyone to set up or participate in videoconferences - no matter where or when or what device or video service they happen to be using.

Now, even those users who do not have access to any other popular business or consumer video conferencing client can easily join and participate in a VideoMeet conference. With only one click and without the need to install new software, the VideoMeet Connect function is loaded upon request of the user. It is directly activated in the browser and immediately connects him or her to the VideoMeet videoconference meeting.

VideoMeet Viewer will be demonstrated in the Telekom booth D26 at Cebit March 6th to March 10th. A beta version of VideoMeet Connect will be available soon.

"The new VideoMeet feature is the perfect example of how we strive for ease of use in our services," explains Rainer Deutschmann, Senior Vice President Core Telco Products at Deutsche Telekom. "The new feature enables our VideoMeet customers to reach nearly everyone, even those who cannot install and use one of the popular video clients on their device. With so much ease and flexibility, we expect to see more video calls replacing audio calls underlining our premise that video is the next voice."

Integration with Microsoft Lync
In addition, VideoMeet now also allows for Microsoft Lync to be connected. Microsoft Lync is widely used in a great number of large corporations. VideoMeet enables them to have videoconferences between their desktop PCs and almost any other device including high-end professional videoconferencing room systems. Lync is the first SIP-connection being made available with VideoMeet. More SIP-connections will follow. The Beta phase, selectively integrating Lync users into VideoMeet, started on the 19th of January 2012.

VideoMeet: the successful product of an innovation strategy
VideoMeet is one of the results of Telekom’s innovation through partnership strategy. VideoMeet is delivered in cooperation with California based start-up company Blue Jeans Network. VideoMeet is the first cloud-based multi-party videoconferencing service that connects practically any video client globally. The service enables conferencing between room systems, PCs, tablets, and smartphones even when using Skype, Google video chat or Microsoft. More information about VideoMeet is available on www.videomeet.de or www.videomeet.co.uk

Experience our products and services live at CeBIT from March 6 - 10 at the Deutsche Telekom stand in hall 4, stand D26. Deutsche Telekom's entire presence at the trade fair is carbon-neutral: All CO2 emissions generated in setting up and operating the stand are offset fully by carbon-reduction projects abroad.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, 34 million fixed-network lines and approximately 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2011). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).

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