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UC blogs: The evolution of video collaboration in education

In this week's blogs, analysts discuss how video collaboration has evolved in the education industry and whether video integration is a threat to WebRTC PaaS.

Wainhouse Research Senior Analyst Alan Greenberg discusses the evolution of video collaboration in education. Greenberg writes that when he first started working at Wainhouse in 2002, the focus of video in education was on distance learning and connecting schools to cultural and research institutions.

Today, video has gone beyond distance learning to create digital age learning environments, Greenberg writes. Video conferencing in education has evolved to become more collaborative with the development of cloud video conferencing, mobile video through bring your own device (BYOD) and virtual collaboration tools.

And video is no longer a standalone application in the realm of education, Greenberg writes. Video collaboration is part of an ecosystem and an "overall digital shift in how education is delivered."

Read more about the real-world applications for video in education.

Vendors opting for video integration over WebRTC PaaS

Consultant Tsahi Levent-Levi discusses a trend he noticed in video conferencing, writing that many vendors are integrating a video conferencing service rather than using WebRTC platform as a service (PaaS).

Levent-Levi argues that vendors who chose to integrate a video conferencing service don't have the level of control they would have with WebRTC PaaS. Oftentimes, the services these vendors are integrating with don't share the same business focus.

But according to Levent-Levi, this trend doesn't pose an immediate threat to WebRTC PaaS vendors. He writes that it may affect specific niches, but also that WebRTC PaaS vendors might respond by offering higher-level services.

Read more about the vendors who chose integration over WebRTC PaaS.

What the end of Windows 2003 means for enterprise apps

Nemertes Research Principal Research Analyst John Burke discusses Microsoft's ending support for Windows 2003 and that enterprises are now facing security and compliance concerns with applications running on Windows 2003.

According to Burke, there are three ways enterprises can transition from an unsupported OS: Migrate applications to newer versions of Windows or either rewrite the applications or retire them in favor of newer ones.

However, applications running on outdated operating systems (OS) are often difficult to rewrite or replace because of a lack of vendor support and in-house ex pertise, Burke writes. But losing Microsoft support for this OS means Microsoft will no longer push out patches, updates or report security flaws.

Read more about how to keep applications secure once Microsoft support for Windows 2003 ends.


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