Cisco to announce video service& Web conferencing at CES – after exiting consumer networking business

Cisco Systems is expected to announce a cloud-video service along with Web-conferencing capability on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, Olga Kharif writes. The company is also expected to tout the “Internet of Everything” and related devices, and a speech by CEO John Chambers today will focus on the platform. “We think the Internet of Everything is the biggest transition for the Internet since the birth of the Internet,” Cisco’s Sr VP Kip Compton said.

The world’s biggest maker of networking equipment has an exhibit on the main floor of the CES trade show this year for the first time. Cisco CEO John Chambers will use his CES keynote to talk about the Internet of Everything, or the idea of adding connectivity to the car, and objects inside homes, offices and retail shops. Last year, Cisco formed a group to focus on the concept, with projects include designing wristwatches for soldiers and centrally linking medical facilities and educational systems inside cities. With more devices coming online, Cisco is working to sell more networking gear as well as software and services.

Cisco said yesterday that it’s teaming up with Samsung to feature its Web conferencing WebEx Meetings app on the home page of some Galaxy tablets. Samsung’s Galaxy devices will let users share their screen, turn a call into a WebEx meeting or start a meeting from a contact list. Galaxy users will get WebEx Meetings Premium 8 accounts for free for six months.

“What you will see on the collaboration side for us is really increasing focus on the mobile devices,” Compton said.