Conferencing Week in Review
This week, the Conferencing Community witnessed a number of new product and program releases. Let's recap this week's Conferencing happenings.
Sennheiser unveiled its new line of headsets for contact center, office and unified communications (UC) specialists. The SD Office, SD Pro 1 and the SD Pro 2 headsets are wireless and equipped with noise-cancelling microphones.
SD Office and SD Pro 1 headsets are single-sided, customizable for either ear and wearable as either headbands or ear clasps; the SD Pro 2 is double-sided. All models are equipped for dual connectivity for desktop phones and softphones. They also offer HD voice for enhanced voice clarity.
Also this week, TurnKey released an upgrade of Voxwire, its Web conferencing platform. The upgrade makes Voxwire compatible with iOS, Android (News - Alert) and BlackBerry. Other features include integrated audio and video, screen sharing, file sharing, polling and PowerPoint presentations. Voxwire can support multiple moderators during a conference, and conferences can be broadcast to unlimited numbers of users around the globe.
Voxwire pairs with TurnKey's Web hosting solution. A free app to install on mobile devices or desktop computers becomes available after the sign-up process. As a green data center, TurnKey also provides Web-based IT systems, software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)), enterprise colocation and computing-as-a-service (CaaS).
Additionally, Zoom Video Communications launched its "Works With Zoom" program. As a video conferencing provider, Zoom combines products from its partners with its cloud-based HD video conferencing service. Some partners include Logitech, which will provide HD cameras, headsets and speakers; Vaddio (News - Alert), which will offer PTZ cameras and other USB peripherals; and InFocus, which will offer its BigTouch Windows 8 monitor in 55-inch and 77-inch sizes.
Finally, SoundConnect launched a summer program designed to help its partner network generate more sales. For example, the company is offering its sales partners $750 in commission for all one-year contract, July-initiated customer accounts that bill $1,500 by August. If customers buy five online conferencing licenses, then partners will receive an additional 25 percent of customer billing on audio services.
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