Skype to hook into GoToMeeting

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VoIP leader Skype and Citrix Systems have announced a partnership that will see Skype adding Web and audio conferencing capabilities to its service lineup, based on technologies from Citrix’s well-regarded GoToMeeting software. Skype is looking at the capabilities as a way to expand Skype’s appeal to business and enterprise users, but enabling them to use online collaboration features to show presentations, demo software, train employees, and more.

“GoToMeeting is used by millions of people around the world, which is testament to our unrelenting focus on ease of use and delivering a superior customer experience,” said Citrix online services senior VP and general manager Brett Caine, in a statement. “Teaming with Skype further extends our high quality capabilities, enhancing the collaboration experience for business users and workshifters everywhere.”

Skype plans to integrate the audio and Web conferencing capabilities into its Skype for Business desktop offering, which currently included instant messaging, group video calling, file sharing, and voice and video calling capabilities. With additional capabilities from GoToMeeting, users will be able to set up audio conferences with users on landlines and mobile phones, as well as engage in interactive screensharing, enabling hosts to share a live version of their computer screen with others, enabling easy demonstrations and presentations. GoToMeeting has generally been praised for simple setup and use by attendees.

Skype and Citrix expect the new capabilities will be available by the end of the year. The companies didn’t offer any pricing information.