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Video conferencing is taking place everywhere: from desktops at work, from conference rooms, from mobile devices, from universities, from home offices, and from coffee shops when we work remotely. As technology evolves and more business users embrace the value of online face-to-face interactions, we at Blue Jeans Network see the adoption of video moving forward even faster in the future – and being used in a broad array of new ways. Here are 5 Video Conferencing predictions we see for the coming years.

1.     Video-centric collaboration will overtake audio conferencing and web conferencing as the dominant solution for business meetings across distance by 2017.

Nothing is more powerful than face-to-face communication, and video makes that possible anytime and anywhere.  In a recent survey we conducted, 95% of business professionals said that face-to-face communication significantly enhances professional relationships and improves communications.  54% of business people say if you can’t meet in person, video conferencing is the most effective method of communication – over twice the percent who prefer phone calls and over six times the percent who prefer web conferencing. It’s inevitable that video will dominate business communication across distances.

2.     Over 50% of video conferencing participants will connect from mobile devices by 2015.

Who doesn’t have a cell phone? New capabilities will continue to make it much faster and easier for end users to participate in a high quality video call from wherever they are.

3.     Shared experiences with multiparty face-to-face video (movies, sporting events, talk shows, gaming) will permeate the living room by 2018.

4.     The next wave of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education will be two-way interactive events that combine video streaming and conferencing.

MOOCs have had a profound impact in making learning accessible. Two-way interactive functionality will take that experience one step further and make MOOCs much more collaborative and effective.

5.     30% of workers will work from home at least 20% of the time by 2020.

Video collaboration tools can allow professionals to be just as effective when working from the road and from home as when they work in the office – while providing much greater schedule flexibility.  Video also provides an ideal solution for working in an increasingly global business environment, which involves many more meetings that take place outside the traditional 9am to 6pm workday. Now you can collaborate face-to-face from home and during off hours with colleagues, customers, distribution partners and suppliers located around the world.

Whether you or an occasional or an avid video conferencing user today, video usage will certainly become more prolific in our everyday lives in the years ahead. What are your thoughts on these predictions?