For nearly 25 years, one of the unwavering tenets of video conferencing was that all services and devices should work together. Never really questioned but also strived for, each year brought us closer to this technology nirvana. Key suppliers promised it was just around the corner or even here right now while skeptical customers complained about the gap between data sheet specifications and their all-too-real reality.
I even founded a whole company called Vidtel in 2008 on the notion that while vendors might not get us to the promised land, surely a smart Silicon Valley startup could bring us there through clever implementation. But a funny thing happened on the way to meeting this goal: people gave up and it ceased to matter.