As I’ve pointed out before, people are joining more meetings virtually now than ever before.  It’s probably no surprise that our research found that more than 60 percent of meetings today include at least one remote user. At Plantronics, our goal is to help make any virtual meeting feel natural, as if everyone is sitting around the same table. Conversations should be fluid. Visuals should be clear. The technology in use should enable dynamic collaboration for every meeting participant. In other words, technology should act as the framework to build better meetings.

To that point, I’m excited to announce that Plantronics has just completed the full certification of our unified communications (UC) portfolio with Cisco Jabber for Windows 11.5, certifying our compatibility with past, present and future releases. We’re the only headset vendor to have undertaken this commitment to Cisco and Jabber. Plantronics consistently invests in maintaining Cisco certifications, and with our software and audio solutions, this results in better meetings for all involved. What this means is that using a certified Plantronics audio solution with Cisco Jabber ensures a high quality audio experience with plug-and-play simplicity. It’s a message of assurance for IT and a great benefit for end users.

We’ve found that Cisco Jabber for Windows can help not only by enabling collaboration anytime and from anywhere, but also by reducing communications delays by providing presence information. It can help team agility and performance by instantly expanding one-on-one chats to larger, group conversations. This is one of the great capabilities of Cisco Jabber for Windows:  the ability to easily escalate an instant messaging (IM) chat into a meeting using audio and video and extend the reach to a Cisco WebEx meeting if you need additional and/or external participants. It’s simple, it’s quick, and as a result, it’s a better meeting for everyone involved.  These things, combined with Plantronics’ commitment to superior audio and user experiences and reduced external distractions, makes for a winning combination. And certification across our entire UC portfolio means we can provide this great experience regardless if your work style is office-based, flexible or even highly mobile.

Cisco Jabber for Windows is built on open standards for interoperability, it can be deployed on premises or on demand as a cloud based service and it’s integrated with commonly-used desktop business applications. Voice is prioritized so as not to experience reduction in quality, regardless of whether you’re inside the network or working remotely. Plantronics being fully certified for Cisco Jabber for Windows means you can collaborate with confidence.