Competition

VSee vs. Nefsis: When A Product Has A Midlife Crisis

by NW Indiana artist Steve Johnson With Nefsis (now OmniJoin) being acquired by Japan-based Brother Industries, I thought it was a good time to revisit Nefsis and see how its video conferencing product has matured since I first tried it in graduate school. Early this week, we got a group…

Meetings.io Acquisition Signals Start of WebRTC Era?

updated: 3/20/2014 WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) has been getting a bit of press between meetings.io getting acquired by Jive (specifically chosen for its WebRTC technology) and TokBox announcing its new Opentok WebRTC for iOS SDK. What’s the big deal with WebRTC? WebRTC is exciting because it allows real-time audio/video to be…

Skype Email Security Leak – Another Reason To VSee

Skype vulnerabilities are always cropping up. The newest Skype security leak was all over the tech news this week.  Apparently, its create-a-new-account procedure coupled with its password-reset procedure allowed anyone to take over another person’s Skype account just by knowing that person’s email address.  The Next Web actually reproduced the…

VSee vs. ooVoo: A Look At Video Quality, Collaboration, and Security

Are VSee and ooVoo really that different? After all we both claim to have HD video conference, ongoing collaboration, free video calls, and no need for fancy equipment.  While I can’t tell you if VSee is the ooVoo alternative for your needs, I will point out some issues with video quality,…

OpenTok Customers – We’ll Pay You To Switch VSee

 OpenTok customers, it’s the perfect time to find an alternative! Need an OpenTok alternative?  With OpenTok going through acquisition changes, now is a good time to start exploring other options.  You never know how things will change under the new boss. VSee invites you to switch to our simplest video…

(OpenTok) TokBox Acquisition Price

Several people have commented on the speculative nature of my earlier article on the TokBox acquisition being a semi-fire sale.  I want to give our readers a more thorough explanation for my statements. When a company is acquired for more than $20-30M, typically the price is leaked, since the acquiring…

TokBox Picked Up By Telefónica – A Sad Day For Its People

Last week, a struggling TokBox announced its acquisition by Telefónica Digital for an undisclosed amount.  This is a pretty sad news for TokBox and its investors. They raised a lot of money, and given this is a semi-fire sale, its investors lost money.  Also, its people, who have worked long…

Why AirTime Is Struggling: The Science of Video Chat

Airtime is the latest venture of Napster co-creators and entrepreneur superstars Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning.  However, just four months into their video chat foray, and these masterminds are floundering in the same snafu that has muddled many a great mind since even before the first public videophone was developed in 1936. The key reason:…

Skype/Microsoft Will Kill Polycom by 2017, Polycom Rolls Out New Cloud Video Conference Offering to Stay Alive

Last week was a big week for Polycom as it drummed up business with a bunch of new video conference offerings.  Perhaps the biggest eye-catcher was its RealPresence CloudAXIS suite, aimed to help Polycom cash in on the mobile trend in enterprise video conferencing. According to Jim Kruger, senior VP…

Microsoft Lync: Video Conferencing Deployment Nightmare

Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) offers a great set of communication tool integrations, making it popular with enterprises both large and small (<300).  Unfortunately for many businesses, going beyond Lync Instant Messaging (IM) is proving to be more headache than it’s worth.  According to Jeff Wellemeyer, West IP Communications’…

OmniJoin? Nefsis? Brother, what’s going on?

Last December, when Brother purchased Nefsis, I thought it was a great outcome for Nefsis and a great move for Brother.  Nefsis had a very complex pricing structure and needed a huge distribution partner to push its complicated solution into enterprises.  Brother had a huge distribution base, with its long…

Zoom – New Kid On the Block (15 Friends Video Chat Free in High Def)

The newly launched Zoom Video Communications hit the waves last Tuesday and received a rave review from WSJ’s Walt Mossberg.  In his AllThingsD review of Zoom, Mossberg was wowed by Zoom’s “free, high-definition, group video calls for up to 15 people simultaneously,” its ability to work over “wired and WiFi Internet connections, or…

VSee team wins Box Hackathon 2012

We’re very happy to share the news that three of our VSee team members had participated in the Box Hackathon 2012, and walked away with the grand prize, along with two of their other teammates. Their product, OMGHelp, is a mobile service to redefine online technical support calls. Read more…

Comparing VSee with legacy video conferencing

We are often asked how VSee compares to room-based conferencing systems (or legacy video conferencing systems) and when is it appropriate to use each type of system .  A recent thread on the VSee Forum covers this topic in detail and is worth reposting here (headings added): by mbrown1 on Thu…

FuzeBox Raises $20M for online collaboration

We heard that FuzeBox, an online collaboration and meeting tool, recently raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Index Ventures. “Fuze HD is a mobile and web-based collaboration service that features integrated audio conferencing as well as high-definition, synchronized video and image sharing.” – Crunchbase FuzeBox uses Vidyo…

Airtime Launch Demo Nightmares – due to Flash

Airtime was launched on Tuesday by the founders of Napster – Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning. This Chatroulette-inspired random video chat service seems to have piqued the curiosity of even Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The event was filled with celebrities, but with so much fanfare, 2 years of work, and…

Cisco Scraps Cius in Favor of WebEx and Jabber

It’s no secret that room-based video conferencing and telepresence are dying breeds.  The ever-declining revenue growth of Cisco’s Telepresence division as well as poor market performance by Cisco Telepresence competitors Polycom and LifeSize clearly attests to this. However, Cisco isn’t waiting around for its cash cow to dry up before moving on to…

Juniper Networks Invests In Vidyo

Yesterday, it was announced that Vidyo has received another round of funding, this time from Juniper Networks, bringing their total funding to $97M. From the article: “Vidyo makes video conferencing software that allows organizations to very efficiently and effectively make and receive video calls across any number of connected devices.…

The Next Big Thing In Videoconferencing

Is Vidyo really the next big thing in video conferencing?  It has been attracting attention for being the new Cisco and Polycom of the video conferencing world. This is because Vidyo dirt cheap compared with traditional videoconference leaders Cisco, Polycom, Avaya/Radvision (at about a third of the typical price tag).  However, if you want to talk…

GSA Video Call For Four Costs $3500

Image courtesy of 401kcalculator.org Video conferencing i s supposed to save you money, but this is only the case if you’re in it for the long haul.  If you’ve ever looked into getting a traditional Cisco/Tandberg or Polycom system, you know how ugly the upfront cost for equipment and set up…

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