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Google Launches Chromebox For Meetings
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Thomas Claburn
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2/6/2014 | 5:10:54 PM
Video? Meh.
Am I the only one who dislikes video conferences? I'd pay for a Google Chromebox that prevents meetings...
Laurianne
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2/6/2014 | 5:11:14 PM
Chromebooks and Education
Why wouldn't you want to use a Chromebook in an education setting? I don't see the downside.
Gary_EL
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2/6/2014 | 7:24:56 PM
About Chromebooks
I was looking into buying a Chromebook last week. I thought that it was an impressive device, but the one thing that isn't well pointed out about it is that you can't readily install software the Chromebook, and that you depend completely on cloud-based applications that you access via the Chrome Browser. With SO MUCH available on the cloud these days, including Google Apps and Open Office, that's not as much of a disadvantage as you might at first think. But, if you temporarily don't have an internet connection, the device is nothing but a paperweight until you're reconnected.

 
ChrisMurphy
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2/6/2014 | 7:31:09 PM
Re: Video? Meh.
I'm not super excited by video meetings. Audio is efficient for most meetings. I'd be more excited by some effective and lightweight screenshare or presentation tools.
Thomas Claburn
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2/6/2014 | 9:03:39 PM
Re: About Chromebooks
>the device is nothing but a paperweight until you're reconnected.

 

That's less true that you might expect. A lot of Chrome Apps and Google Apps run offline these days.
Gary_EL
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2/6/2014 | 11:17:34 PM
Re: About Chromebooks
Appropriately enough, I did some "Googling", and I came across an article where the author asks, rhetorically, if Chromebooks are "useless as a brick" when they are offline. The answer is no, because, as you say, there offline apps available today. I also learned that with a little work, Ubuntu can be installed on Chromebooks, and even if you're not a fan of Ubuntu, it'll certainly provide a workable spreadsheet and wordprocessor that'll do until you get internet access again.

 
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2/7/2014 | 2:35:46 AM
Hardware not enough for effective meetings
I think this is great for attending a meeting, but not meant for presenters or the host, as it looks like the user interface is too limited to give access to the apps, such as "Screen Share".
A key application layer is missing in Hangouts and that is the automation of "Business Processes", such as scheduling, privacy, easy live collaboration, less Google+ dependency, etc. and all that is what http://business-hangouts.com is bringing to the Enterprise.
SaneIT
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2/7/2014 | 8:47:20 AM
I'll be watching this
"A company called Vidyo has been working with Google to provide Google+ Hangouts connectivity with H.323/SIP and IP PBX systems from the likes of Cisco, Tandberg, and Polycom. Those who wish to join corporate Google+ Hangouts meetings from their phones can do so through a service called Uberconference."

 

We do a fair amount of video conferencing and one of the biggest issues is giving access to people outside of the organization when we are using our corporate video conferencing system.  Quite often even your own employees run into trouble behind firewalls in hotels so I'm wondering if Google+ might let them work around some of those issues.
Li Tan
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2/7/2014 | 9:46:05 AM
Re: I'll be watching this
Exactly - this is the most annoying part of video conference. In fact it has the impact to all kinds of e-Meetings - how can you maintain the same kind of experience inside and outside the office. Even if there is no firewall troubles, the slow connection in hotel is another contributing factor of bad e-Meeting experience.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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2/7/2014 | 12:30:13 PM
Re: Video? Meh.
Your comment makes me think of the "facetime facelift." Video conferencing sounds great...then you see your aging self on screen...and evidently a lot of people decide it is time for the necklift. Still, it is a useful tool. When you are doing an audio call, you get no visual cues, which is tough.
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