From WebEx Social, users can engage in HD (high-definition) video-conferencing sessions via a Web browser window.
Cisco is also adding the options of licensing WebEx Social as cloud-hosted software either by Cisco or its partners, whereas before the application had to be installed on customer premises.
For enterprise developers, Cisco is also making available a new SDK (software development kit) for them to integrate WebEx Social features into third-party business applications.
The upgraded WebEx Social on-premise server will be available worldwide in July, while the WebEx Social cloud-hosted service will be available in North America in July. WebEx Social on-premise server is sold on a per-user perpetual basis and priced at US$199 per user, while the cloud-based version of WebEx Social starts at $120 per user, per year.
The Callway telepresence service, now known as WebEx Telepresence, is also getting upgraded with new features including the ability to host a video session with up to nine users on the Cisco network with high-quality audio and HD video. It also features a new management portal for administrators to centrally manage user subscriptions and contact lists.
Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.