Cisco Systems is doing away with the standalone versions of its Spark collaboration products and folding them into its Webex platform.
The move means the former Spark platform will be known as Webex Teams, and it comes along with the launch of a new Webex Meetings application, as well as a new Webex Assistant and a Webex Share device, Cisco announced at its recent Collaboration Summit in Phoenix, Ariz.
Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO for Cisco's collaboration business, said in a recent blog that bringing the Spark and Webex platform together would help Cisco simplify what had become a confusing mix of applications, features and capabilities while the two systems lived side-by-side.
"The convergence of the Webex and Spark platforms is far more than just a rebrand," Rosenberg wrote. "Significant technical work has gone into combining these platforms."
Bringing the two platforms together also expands audio and video services, unifies the platforms' analytics capabilities and allows Cisco to give Webex the flexibility to be used securely between users and outside companies, a feature that Rosenberg says bests competing collaboration offerings on the market.
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