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Friday, 07 February 2014 11:21

Google aims for your conference room with new Chromebox Featured

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Search giant Google today pitted itself against enterprise giants Cisco and Polycom in announcing Chromebox for meetings, on sale today.

The product, announced today, is the Internet search company's latest effort generate revenue from corporate customers, and uses Google's free Hangouts video chat technology to connect up to 15 separate video streams from users in different locations.

The Mountain View, California-based company said it was partnering with fellow tech companies Asus, Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell to offer a specialised version of its Chromebox PC that comes with videoconferencing gear, including a video camera and speakers.

The device runs Google's proprietary Chrome OS, and a monitor is required separately.

The first Chromebox for meetings to be available is made by Asus and goes on sale in the US today for US$999, and customers can also pay a US$250 annual service and management fee, though the first year is included in the product's sales price.

Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain will all receive the Chromebox for meetings later this year.

The product means any Gmail user can join a meeting from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone anywhere in the world. Conference organizers can start and attendees can join a meeting with a single button press on the remote control, or even remotely.

"If you've never been kissed by your CFO before, here's your chance," Caesar Sengupta, VP of product development for Chrome, said at a launch event.

"It takes minutes to go from a full packaged box to a meeting room that's ready to go."

For more information check out Google's official product page here.

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