Telepresence

Cisco Unveils Lower-Price Videoconferencing Gear

The new products, which Cisco acquired when it bought Tandberg earlier this year, are aimed at midsize companies as Cisco expands its reach beyond Fortune 500 customers. The new products are part of Cisco's TelePresence lineup.

Suitors May Be Calling on Polycom

Polycom is a big player in a small but growing tech market: corporate videoconferencing systems. It develops and makes video-, voice-, data- and Web-conferencing equipment systems. But what adds spice to the stock is its potential as an attractive takeover target.

Why Skype Should Skip IPO, Take a Buyout Deal

Earth to Skype: Forget those lofty IPO plans. If Cisco Systems or a telecom company comes knocking on your door with a multibillion dollar buyout offer, take the money and run, say institutional investors and Wall Street soothsayers.

Is Cisco Making a Pre-IPO Bid to Buy Skype?

Cisco Systems has reportedly made a bid for Skype, even as the Internet videochat service is gearing up for an IPO, according to TechCrunch. The folks at Skype are hoping to land an IPO valuation of $5 billion, so it would likely take an offer as good or better than that to get them to bite.

The Coming Boom in Videoconferencing Technology

The concept of the videophone is nearly as old as the phone itself, and prototypes predate the Beatles by many decades. But while other new modes of communication, from email to instant messaging to cell phones have been adopted at astonishing rates, video has lagged -- until now.