Video Conferencing: Why it Will Become the Preferred Communication Tool by 2016

Is your business Videoconference Ready?  If not, it should be.

A new study forecasts that video conferencing will become the number one communications tool by 2016. – This is according to new survey on global video conferencing trends.

Video conferencing is the means of using computers to provide a video-link between two or more people. Instead of just talking to someone by telephone, people are able to see each other as well. Video conferencing also allows graphics to be uploaded, along with maps and videos. Multipoint videoconferencing allows three or more participants to sit in a virtual conference room and communicate as if they were sitting right next to each other. According to the BBC, the advantages of video conferencing are: (1) Meetings can take place without leaving the office. (2) Travel costs and the time taken to travel can be reduced significantly. (3) Meetings can be called instantly worldwide with little notice. (4) Delegates can still attend meetings even if they are physically unable to.

As of 2014, the survey respondents ranked video conferencing third (47 percent) after e-mail (89 percent) and voice/conference calls (64 percent). However, by 2016 the pattern changes.

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