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UC briefs: RingCentral debuts Glip team collaboration app

RingCentral's Glip collaboration app is now available for RingCentral Office customers, while Masergy launches a virtual meeting room conferencing service.

RingCentral Inc. debuted its Glip messaging service for RingCentral Office customers after acquiring the team collaboration app in June.

The offering has been renamed Glip by RingCentral and features team collaboration capabilities, such as file sharing, task management and shared calendars. The service integrates with Asana, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Zendesk. RingCentral has added new capabilities to the offering, including single sign-on with RingCentral Office credentials, click to call, corporate directory, RingCentral Meetings Web and video conferencing service, and audio conferencing.

RingCentral acquired Glip to offer its customers a more collaborative meeting experience that takes a mobile-first approach to communication and meets enterprise security standards.

"The workplace is undergoing a radical transformation," said Vlad Shmunis CEO of RingCentral, based in Belmont, Calif. "As teams worldwide become more distributed and mobile, they are looking for more efficient ways to communicate and collaborate."

The team collaboration app is generally available to all RingCentral customers at no additional cost, and can be accessed on desktop, mobile devices and Web browsers. The offering is also available as a standalone product for non-RingCentral customers.

Masergy launches Virtual Meeting Room

Managed networking and cloud services provider Masergy Communications Inc. announced the launch of its Virtual Meeting Room cloud video conferencing service. The Virtual Meeting Room service is WebRTC-enabled, as well as integrated with Masergy's unified communications (UC) and network offerings, which offer interoperability with other video systems -- such as SIP-based telepresence suites.

The Virtual Meeting Room service lets users make conference calls through their smartphone, tablet, desktop or video system. Users can also switch between devices during a video conference without having to disconnect and reconnect to the call. The service supports video conference calls with up to 25 people or locations.

The service also offers an audio conference bridge, where participants can join via PSTN. It also includes UC features such as presence, instant messaging and content sharing, and includes security capabilities like encryption.

"Businesses need to improve collaboration and accelerate decision making among employees, customers and partners," said Dean Manzoori, vice president of product management at Masergy, based in Plano, Texas. The Virtual Meeting Room aims to make video conferencing simple to improve collaboration.

The Virtual Meeting Room service is available now and costs $22 per month.

Bluescape integrates with Dropbox

Bluescape, a cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform, announced its integration with Dropbox to improve employee collaboration and productivity. Dropbox users can now integrate their files directly into a Bluescape workspace to share content and collaborate in real time.

The integration allows users to see and access their Dropbox files from within their Bluescape workspace. Bluescape COO Elizabeth McGlauflin said the integration with Dropbox allows teams to see and work on their content in one place.

"Enterprise users are growing increasingly frustrated with siloed applications and not being able to easily access the content they need to collaborate," said Scott Poulton, CEO of Bluescape, based in San Carlos, Calif.

Users can access their Bluescape workspace on any device, and share, edit and work on content in real time. The integration with Dropbox helps employees streamline their workflow and eliminates the need to switch between applications to complete specific tasks, Poulton said.

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