Webex participants near 600 million as COVID-19 pandemic flares again

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Cisco’s video-conferencing app Webex spanned 590 million participants at September and is on course to record 600 million this month, almost double the amounts listed in March when countries started shutting down because of the pandemic.

After offices began to close down due to COVID-19, individuals switched on video conferencing platforms to work at home, resulting in swift growth in programs such as Webex, Zoom Video Communications and Microsoft Corp’s Teams.

While the expansion in Webex user numbers began in March, it’s not tapered off, and attendees will be in all-time drops in October amid a resurgent pandemic, Jeetu Patel, Cisco Systems Inc’s general director for safety and applications firm, told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.

Webex had recorded 324 million meeting participants at March. Zoom revealed 300 million each day participants in April, and Teams in April revealed 200 million. The amounts may not be similar since the businesses may use unique procedures of counting attendees and don’t disclose these methods.

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Zoom and Microsoft declined to provide updated user numbers.

Webex and Teams were originally focused on business customers, while Zoom cornered the market for all from digital classrooms into church services.

Although the assembly participants have grown more than three-fold from last year, an extremely large percentage of use nevertheless comes from enterprises, Cisco said.

However, Cisco is currently working to change this. Webex has a new product for schools that features the ability to host a large classroom, divide the class into small groups and bring it back together.

“We are focused on education very aggressively,” Patel explained.

Cisco also plans to roll out a feature to filter background noise such as a barking dog or the sound of a passing car from an ongoing meeting after its acquisition of BabbleLabs in August.

“We will have it available to all WebEx users from October 30th for no additional charge,” Patel said, adding that Cisco stays available to more acquisitions that will add new capabilities to Webex.

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Christopher Cushing.

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