Sunnyvale, Calif. – Aug. 12, 2014 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions, today launched a major update to ShoreTel Mobility, version 8, that empowers everyone with simple, seamless mobile-enabled video conferencing to ensure employees can always stay connected with their colleagues wherever they may be working. ShoreTel Mobility 8 has integration with the ShoreTel Communicator desktop call-control suite, and the new software introduces a virtualized ShoreTel Mobility Router so IT departments can easily mobile-enable the company workforce to encourage collaboration and productivity.
ShoreTel Mobility 8 makes it easy to communicate via video between iOS and Android smartphones and tablets using the ShoreTel Mobility Client, with single touch video calling from the keypad. With ShoreTel Mobility 8, users can participate in multi-party video sessions from mobile devices to room-based video communication systems. ShoreTel Mobility 8 also supports video communication from the user’s Windows desktop using ShoreTel Communicator.
“We’re making mobile collaboration simple and ubiquitous,” said Pej Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. “End users want consistency of capabilities regardless of which device they use. Now teams can stay connected and collaborate using the ShoreTel Mobility Client as well as the ShoreTel Communicator desktop client, on any device, and from anywhere.”
LiquidHub, a customer since 2004 with more than 400 ShoreTel users, is a technology solutions integrator with five U.S. offices and two locations in India. “The greatest benefit of ShoreTel Mobility is that it enables people to work from anywhere as if they’re sitting in the office,” said Paul Harewood, CIO of LiquidHub. “Mobility gives our road warriors, especially those working globally, the freedom to communicate at any time while also reducing our IT costs. With the Virtual Mobility Router, we can now deploy new software in minutes instead of hours. We’re now evaluating the new video capabilities in version 8 and are integrating it with our Lifesize system. That way, people will be able to call into room-based video conferences from their devices from wherever they are.”
ShoreTel enables organizations to leverage investments through integration with best of breed room-based systems that support open industry standards (H.264/AVC) including Lifesize and Polycom. Video calls are supported over local or remote Wi-Fi and cellular data worldwide.
Mobility 8 has seamless integration with ShoreTel Communicator, enabling employees to fully control their ShoreTel Mobility client using the same easy-to-use, intuitive ShoreTel Communicator interface they use to manage their desk phone. Another enhancement to the Mobility client is that the “join” button for one-touch audio bridge login now works with third-party Web collaboration tools, freeing users from juggling apps while trying to memorize numbers and passcodes.
IT Departments Benefit from ShoreTel Deployment Flexibility
ShoreTel is in the forefront of leading UC vendors, providing the greatest flexibility of deployment models to customers who can select the implementation that best suits their business needs and IT infrastructures. With its distributed architecture and N+1 redundancy, ShoreTel enables organizations to fully virtualize their business communication solutions, with the ability to use industry standard network and server technologies from leading providers. ShoreTel offers the ultimate flexibility via ‘mix-and-match’ deployment options across its modular platform architecture, including ShoreTel Mobility solutions deployed on-premises, on ShoreTel appliances or virtualized on customer-provided servers.
ShoreTel Mobility 8 has the ultimate deployment flexibility for on-premises customers with the virtualization of the ShoreTel Mobility Router. The Virtual ShoreTel Mobility Router (vSMR) deployment option lowers costs for hardware and IT staff and improves overall TCO for deployments. Customers can leverage existing ShoreTel appliances or deploy ShoreTel Mobility software on VMWare platforms.
ShoreTel Mobility 8 is available now worldwide for premises-based customers from qualified ShoreTel reseller partners.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications - voice, video, messaging and data - with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com or call 1-800-425-9385.