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Apple’s DeskView and Continuity Camera come to Webex


Apple and Cisco have found a way to integrate many of the best collaboration features introduced in iPadOS/iOS/macOS to Webex. The new integrations even extend to Deskview, a new feature that lets a user share a video of their desk while in a Webex meeting. 

Webex gets the best of Apple collaboration

Cisco announced its news today at Webex One. The big takeaway: Apple and Cisco continue to extend the partnership they began in 2015 around the time Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live to introduce the tie-up.

The idea behind these integrations is to give users the flexibility to get work done in their own way on their own terms. You could think of it as being the best of FaceTime with the best of collaboration for enterprise tech, though it remains to be seen if the arrangement is exclusive or not.

Capabilities of Webex and Apple’s latest integrations include:

Mobile Camera Share

  • Allows users to share content from the rear-facing or front-facing camera via the Webex Meetings mobile app to annotate over images.
  • Enables users to write, draw, and add shapes, in real-time and simultaneously with any number of meeting participants.
  • Offers more effective collaboration by leveraging the high-quality video capture capabilities of Apple devices.

Continuity Camera

  • Lets Mac users opt to use their iPhone as a webcam.
  • Unlocks powerful video effects like Center Stage, Portrait mode, and Studio Light directly on the iPhone.
  • Supports Desk View in macOS Ventura to show user’s faces and desks simultaneously.

What Cisco said

Explaining the plans on the Webex blog, Jeetu Patel, the company’s executive vice president and general manager for security and Ccollaboration business units, wrote: “People today want the flexibility to get work done their own way and on their own terms. That includes using their favorite devices and working anywhere — in the office, at home and everywhere in between…. I’m excited to share a couple of new integrations between Webex by Cisco with Apple technologies that make all this possible.”

Discussing Mobile Camera Share, Patel explained:

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