Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:38

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A forthcoming version of Citrix's GoToMeeting collaboration software featuring high-definition videoconferencing has gone into public beta.


When the company announced GoToMeeting's HD Faces feature at Synergy Berlin in October 2010, officials said a beta version would be available that month, with general availability in the first quarter of 2011. It's actually taken rather longer, with a public beta being released on the first day of Synergy 2011, which is being held this week  in San Francisco.

Citrix president and CEO Mark Templeton told iTWire that the original beta was limited to Germany, and that selected customers were involved in a private beta in the first quarter that did reveal some areas that needed further optimisation or improvement.

The company learned a lot about the compatibility of various cameras during the beta, and recent hardware changes by Apple were another issue that had to be addressed.

"We are a little behind," conceded Mr Templeton, explaining that it was more important to get the product right than to stick to the original schedule.

GoToMeeting with HD Faces allows video conferences with up to six participants. The beta was demonstrated at Synergy 2011 running on a virtual desktop. Company officials explained that  compression is used to handle the volume of USB data flowing across the network from the computer's video camera.

Mr Templeton said GoToMeeting was the the number two product in the worldwide web collaboration market.


Disclosure: the writer travelled to San Francisco as the guest of Citrix

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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