WebEx meetings come to Chrome OS as an app in new agreement

On the eve of Google IO 2022, Google and Cisco are announcing that Webex Meetings has a new Progressive Web App on Chromebooks to give users a desktop-like experience.

Working with Google, Cisco created the Webex Meetings PWA specifically for all Chrome OS devices to provide users with an “incredible video conferencing experience”.

In a press release, Cisco explains exactly what they mean by an incredible video conferencing experience, touting features such as “background noise cancellation and real-time translation” as well as its video streaming, recording and sharing quality content.

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With the new Webex Meetings PWA presented as a desktop app, which can be launched directly from the shelf on Chrome OS, Cisco says the new app will allow users to work more efficiently because they won’t have to worry about cluttering up another tab in their browser while they try to work from online research and live documents.

Additionally, Webex on Chromebook can now be pre-installed to make IT admin’s job easier. This will ensure users have easy access to an optimized video conferencing application as soon as they get their device, saving IT admins the hassle of setting one up moments before they need to join a meeting.


Analysis: A great match made?

While Google obviously wants to build on its relationship and strategic partnership with IT and networking giant Cisco, its endorsement of Webex Meetings is a somewhat baffling move since Google already has its own video conferencing software, Google Meet. .

Boasting a progressive web application similar to Webex Meetings, Google Meet’s features and functionality would be a worthy alternative to Cisco’s video conferencing solution, so we can’t imagine Google being really too happy with this product of its strategic partnership. , as he would much rather promote his own software to Chrome OS users.

Fortunately, while Google provides the utility to IT administrators, Cisco’s Webex Meetings won’t come natively preinstalled on every new Chromebook, so your device won’t be bogged down with excess bloatware if you prefer one of the many other video conferencing solutions on the market.

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