Today, Networking firm Cisco Systems Inc. will add Microsoft Corp.’s Teams messaging app to its meeting devices, offering users an alternative to its own Webex video conferencing app. The Teams Room software currently runs on several other hardware devices and will be available on Cisco devices early next year. The announcement was made at Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference.
Cisco’s Jeetu Patel, head of Security & Collaboration, explained that the company plans to be the hardware platform for a variety of conference software platforms:
“There’s going to be times that people want to jump on a Microsoft Teams call, they want to jump on a Zoom call, they want to jump on a Google call.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Webex usage decreased because of Zoom Video Communications Inc’s rising influence.