New Webex innovations address challenges of hybrid work

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Networking giant Cisco recently announced significant new innovations across its meeting and collaboration platform Webex.

Cisco has launched more than 1,000 Webex innovations in the last 12 months and the new features span advancements for the hybrid workforce, workplace, events, and IT teams.

“Our new Webex innovations mark a significant step forward in helping our customers unlock the potential of their hybrid workforces—enabling them to collaborate in new ways and drive inclusive experience,” said Jeetu Patel, EVP and GM, Cisco Security and Collaboration.

Among these innovations is Webex’s optimize for all voices feature, which equalizes voices to ensure that all participants can be heard, regardless of how far they are from a conference phone device.

Meanwhile, Speaker selectivity now differentiates intended speech from background noise to remove distracting sounds.

New People Focus camera capabilities, available in December, will provide better clarity and optimized visuals of in-room attendees’ facial gestures and body language. Webex device camera intelligence enhancements in early 2022 are expected to further improve the view of people in meeting rooms, including showing conference room participants in individual boxes onscreen, regardless of meeting service.

Cisco also announced the new Webex Desk Mini, which enables workers to easily create a workspace anywhere. It features a 15.6-inch interactive 1080p display, 64-degree HD camera, full-range speaker, and background noise removal mic array.

Additionally, Webex interoperability with Zoom, Microsoft and Google video communications platforms ensures seamless collaboration with customers’ preferred platforms and devices.

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