Thursday, February 6, 2014

Google Chromebox Offers Hangouts Video Conferencing

Google is launching a cloud-based service for business that combines Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage, $999 pre-packaged hardware solution.

"Chromebox for meetings" runs on an Intel Core i7-based box from Asus that is powered by Chrome OS.  The kit includes a 1080p video camera and an omnidirectional conference table microphone with built-in DSP for speech clarity.  A Google account is used to log-in to online meetings. No more complex dial-in codes, passcodes or leader PINs.  Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting. Integration with Google Apps makes it easy to invite others and add rooms to video meetings, directly from Google Calendar.

Management and support is covered by a $250 per device annual fee to Google.

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