At the Enterprise Connect 2014 conference today Cisco announced it will be working more closely with Google to integrate conferencing services with various Google APIs. Rowan Trollope, Cisco senior vice president for collaboration, and Rajen Sheth, a product manager for Google Enterprise, took the stage to show a prototype of the Cisco Webex conferencing service running on a Chromebook. In the future, Cisco and Google will make it possible to launch WebEx directly from Google Calendar and start an instant meeting from the Google Contact Card and the Google People widget. Users will also be able to connect with others by clicking on phone numbers or extensions displayed in Gmail or Google Apps.
Sure, we live in networked times, but the phone still plays a big role. In about a dozen digits, you can reach anyone in the world with a phone. Now there's also a way to get at much of the metadata that goes along with it, such as where a phone number is likely based. That and more is being made available for free via the Cloudvox Digits API (our Cloudvox API profile).