Cisco today announced the convergence of Cisco Spark ™ and Webex platforms, resulting in a new Webex Meetings application for your meetings and a new seamless team collaboration application called Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark). Cisco has put their award-winning video devices onto this newly converged platform adding a new hardware device that turns any workspace with a TV into a Webex room. Cisco is also applying machine learning and artificial intelligence that will dramatically improve meetings, as we know them today.
Cisco is using Artificial Intelligence of to make meetings better in two ways:
Webex Assistant™ (formerly Cisco Spark Assistant) will be available on more devices and with more functionality. Cisco will continue to inject AI into every meeting, every call, every conversation and every interaction that you have. Based on technology from Cisco MindMeld acquisition, Webex Assistant will start showing up over the next couple of months in all cloud-connected Webex Room Kit and Room Series devices.
Noise suppression saves the call. The loud typist. The barking dog. The side conversation. These are just a few of the annoyances that disrupt many meetings. All Cisco cloud-connected and on premise video devices can now suppress disruptive noises. The next time someone starts loudly shuffling papers on a call, the system will automatically turn the volume down enough so that the sound no longer interrupts the conversation. When the paper shuffler chimes in with a comment, the system will “know” that and automatically stop suppressing the sound.
“Everything we do is designed with people in mind—to help them work, collaborate, and create together. That’s why we have invested so much in Webex,” said Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM, Applications Group, Cisco. “Our vision is to bring this amazing experience to a billion users and conference rooms all around the world.”
The new Webex Meetings is “video first,” that will strongly encourage you to turn on your camera. You will see all your teammates, in crisp, clean layouts whether you are using your laptop, your Cisco video room device or your mobile device.
Cisco Spark is now: Webex Teams. Webex Teams has more tools including white boarding, persistent messaging, simple guest access, content sharing and integrated tools—to support teams both during and after the meeting.
A device that turns any space with a TV into a Webex room.
Webex Share™, a low-cost, super-simple way for teams to share content on the big screen in the space. Simply plug the palm-sized adapter into the back of the TV. Pair with the system, and start sharing your document or screen. When you are done, keep the work going in your Webex Teams space. With Webex Share, teams can easily reserve rooms; know when a room is already booked, and much more. Webex Share will be available for Webex Meetings and Teams towards the end of 2018.
New roadmap for how Webex will work with tools from Google, Microsoft, and other companies.
Customers are free to choose whichever tool is right for them. Do you want to use Webex for meetings but Microsoft for team collaboration? No problem, with the new Webex you can do just that. Cisco work with Google, Slack and others, too.