CISCO Philippines announced Wednesday the new features added to its communication and collaboration tool Webex, aimed at making the hybrid work and events more “inclusive.”

“At the core of what we do at Cisco is our drive to deliver innovations in technology that can create pathways to economic prosperity for all, continue to connect the unconnected, and bring the ecosystem around our business along with us to a future that is inclusive, where no one is left behind,” Cisco Philippines Managing Director Karrie C. Ilagan said at a virtual briefing.

“We are bringing innovations to our portfolio with that in mind, and with Webex Suite, everyone has a seat at the table, everyone’s voice can be heard, and it’s a platform where discussions are made equitable,” she added.

Cisco said it expects 98% of future meetings to include at least one remote participant. The transition necessitates companies or organizations to invest in more than just a traditional meeting room.

The hybrid work and events setup, Cisco noted, is already at work in the country. The Health department alone has conducted 17,400 sessions via Webex over the past year, amounting to more than 2.3 million minutes of meetings and consultations, the technology company reported.

Among the latest advancements added to Webex include “Increased Value,” which combines meetings, calling, messaging, polling and events in one offering.

Another feature is the “End-to-End Events,” a complete events execution and management platform.

Cisco also added new audience interaction tools such as polling, quizzes, and Q&A.

Webex users will have the new ability of speech optimization “for remote and shared workspaces through My Voice Only to eliminate background noise, including speech from people in the background, and solely focus on the main speaker’s speech,” the company said.

My Voice Only will be available worldwide in August this year. — Arjay L. Balinbin