Steve Goldsmith, general manager of HipChat at Atlassian, said, “PBX and VoIP-based video conference systems are going the way of taxis and home phones – no one needs them anymore."
From a hardware perspective, today laptops provide everything necessary to chat, call, video conference and collaborate with teammates. Collaboration tools such as HipChat have made the laptop the nexus of collaboration and communication.
Goldsmith added, “There are plenty of consumer tools out there, but they’re not built for teams to work and take action together.”
Initially, the software has a 10-user limit and is available in desktop and web platforms. Mobile is on the anvil. It is part of the HipChat Plus which costs $2 per user per month.
More details are here.
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