We have a long way to go before video is the new voice and in many minds, this transition will likely never happen.
But a case like the one discussed here, where the client is rolling out video to all one million employees, shows that a massive deployment can be done cost-effectively and that benefits can come early.
It’s not every day you get to peer under the hood of a customer’s UC and video conferencing deployment that stretches to over one million users.
At the end of the year the system was formally accepted by the government and the full-scale rollout began.
Today the SVKS-m system is integrated with the Ministry’s online portal, telephony, other existing video conferencing systems, a user access database and the Ministry’s internal information systems (each user creates his own contact list by selecting from the global directory of all employees), thereby maintaining an updated address book for all employees.
Duo, though, it a new standalone app that only let you video call between two people.
So let’s see how it competes with Skype and Face Time.
Google Duo is now available in the UK Google Play store and in the UK Apple Appstore and is free.
As of 19 August, it's now available globablly in every country in which you can access Google services.
You can’t even move the thumbnail of your video around the screen as you can with the other services.
At least the video rotates if you hold your phone in landscape mode.
The company is engineering-heavy and was obviously able to tweak its commercial software to meet the client’s strict encryption standards and to run across its special VPN.