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Podio, the cloud-based collaboration system from Citrix, is being extended with the addition of instant messaging and video and audio chat facilities.

Since being acquired by Citrix, Podio has already been extended with integration with a range of cloud services (including Google Drive, SkyDrive, GoToMeeting and Zendesk) and also with Outlook Exchange and Google Calendar  .

The latest improvement is the addition of instant messaging, with video and audio chat planned to arrive this winter.

"The real value of IM and video chat is when it's used in the context of the work in progress – the tasks, projects and deliverables in action that require discussion to get done," said Tommy Ahlers, VP of social collaboration at Citrix.

"With Podio Chat, teams can experience seamless, fluid workflow, where questions get answered quickly because the right people are online, available and focused on the same work at the same time.

"The immediacy of in-context Podio Chat dramatically improves team efficiencies, not only by providing a central hub for communication, but also by retaining the rich history of information exchanged between team members, so nothing gets lost."

The free version of Podio allows up to five users. The paid version costs US$9 per employee per month.

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