Cisco, Microsoft Want Video Conferencing Systems Interoperability

Microsoft and Cisco pledged video conferencing systems interoperability at the Enterprise Connect conference, but cross-vendor technology remains elusive.

Story by Tracee Herbaugh, TechTarget

ORLANDO, Fla. — Leaders at Microsoft and Cisco have expressed a passion for interoperability between their competing video conferencing systems, but the goal of having their video platforms natively work together remains elusive.

At the Enterprise Connect conference on Monday, a UC summit panel of executives from the industry’s largest vendors — including Avaya, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Mitel, NEC and Unify — discussed the changing UC landscape.

The lack of systems interoperability has long been a source of frustration for businesses that have invested in expensive hardware, only to get locked in or find that it doesn’t work with other brands of technology. Previously, vendors have argued against interoperability, but this year, Microsoft and Cisco changed their tune — at least when it comes to video conferencing systems.

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