8×8 has announced the availability of a free, standalone version of 8×8 Video Meetings, enabling people to digitally meet in seconds and collaborate instantaneously without restrictions.
For businesses of all sizes, the workplace is increasingly dispersed. Modern teams and customers now span multiple locations and time zones – each with their own communication preferences. Through an intuitive interface, 8×8 Video Meetings removes friction and enables users to schedule and start meetings effortlessly, maximizing productivity and agility across video, voice, chat, contact sharing and face-to-face video meeting experiences. The new 8×8 solution requires no registration, no downloading of plugins or software applications for most users, and no time limits.
“Since our inception, 8×8 has championed unlimited global connections from one 8×8 customer to another at no cost, and now we bring this same capability into the video communications space,” said Dejan Deklich, Chief Product Officer of 8×8. “With 8×8 Video Meetings, we designed a solution that simply works for the modern workforce. Through the free, standalone version, we’re democratising that seamless experience with one click. Whether you’re a small business reaching out to customers or prospects, or you’re an enterprise with a sizeable remote employee population requiring interactive collaboration, video is a powerful tool to achieve your business goals.”
“In a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, C-level executives reported a number of key benefits of video/web conferencing, with more than 80 percent of respondents saying the technology reduces travel time and costs, supports dispersed workers and makes meetings more effective,” said Roopam Jain, Industry Director, Information and Communications Technologies at Frost & Sullivan. “This data is backed up by real life experiences of people we talk to, who are increasingly relying on video to get their jobs done.”
Unlike other free offerings in the market, this is not a limited time free trial. Users of the free standalone version of 8×8 Video Meetings have unlimited access to full-functionality HD video and audio and multi-user screen file sharing functionality at no charge. No registrations are required and all users simply start or join a meeting with the click of a button on any device.
The free standalone version of 8×8 Video Meetings is optimized for use with Google Chrome, Firefox, and other WebRTC enabled browsers, or via 8×8 Video Meetings desktop apps, mobile apps and calendar plug-ins for any OS and device. The solution can also be easily paired with video conferencing enabled rooms and huddle spaces through 8×8 Meeting Rooms.
Users who choose to register for the free service have access to an upgrade path to 8×8 X Series or 8×8 Express solutions because all of these 8×8 offerings are based on the same unified cloud technology and communications platform. Registration also provides access to additional benefits, such as calendar integrations, personalised meeting spaces, custom domains for a team, meetings history, meetings recordings, free virtual team meeting room access and admin features that allow for the creation and management of teams.
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