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Mobiles Will Be The Locus of Conferencing Innovation

Today, PC-based conferencing vendors such as Cisco, IBM/Lotus, and Microsoft tend to focus on PC-centric innovation. Eg., support for multi-person video cameras, integration with PBXs, integration with desktop applications.

However, I think the biggest innovations, starting perhaps in 2012, will be found among mobile phones. These will have sufficient bandwidth and computing power to compete with desktops. However:

  • Their user interfaces are severely constrained
  • They are always with the user
  • They have, or will have, location awareness
  • They will have plenty of other very innovative aspects

Thus the exciting conferencing developments will, several years hence, turn around mobile phones.

The phones will remain small so that they can easily fit in a pocket. Obviously they'll continue to get thinner. Innovation--in ways we don't imagine--will help us get by with small screens. Presumably, videocameras will often be built in. ... David Ferris

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