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 HP Skyroom - collaboration for this millenium

Peggy Dau - Monday, September 28, 2009

Hewlett-Packard is garnishing high praise for its new video conference softwareHP SkyRoom.  HP first announced the software in March 2009 but has demonstrated it at last week's DEMOfall'09.  The collaboration software is designed to enable dispersed teams communicate and share information and 3D images. 

This video collaboration solution incorporates features of HP's Halo telepresence solutions with its Remote Graphics Software.  This allows up to 4 users to see each other and make eye contact while viewing the prsenter's desktop with 2D or 3D igrpahics and full motion viewo.  The software also incorporates instant messaging softawre such as Microsoft Office Communicator or Jabber.

This solution acknowledges the increasing geographic dispersion of work teams and the growing concern regarding travel expenses to bring these teams togehter for face to face collaboration.  SkyRoom enables cost-effective alternative for enabling secure, online collaboration.  the software will be available on all HP Z Workstation platforms effective October 1, 2009, however it may also be purchased as an individual or floating licesne, with pricing starting at $149/single license.  For now, the software is only funtional with other HP Skyroom platforms and only within the  corporate network.

For further technical insights, Tim Wilson has written an excellent review at the Creative Cow.

It is promising to see HP leverage its Halo technology, HP Labs innovation and Workstation leadership to deliver a cost effective solution to enable spontaneous meetings with support for high-definition content which is so valuable for design engineers as well as post-production editors.  This solution takes desktop video conferencing to the next level!

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