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It’s important to note the difference between multipoint and multiplatform. Multipoint is defined as a call with 3 or more participants from varying locations. Simply put, it’s the number of participants in a call.  Multiplatform goes one level deeper and it speaks to the different types of video-enabled devices that are supported in a multipoint call. Multiplatform is about how a video call takes place.

For instance, a person can have a multipoint call from a Polycom HDX but not a multiplatform call because it took place on just that Polycom. If you had a call connecting Polycom, Cisco and a mobile device, then you most certainly would have a multiplatform call.

When you talk about multiplatform, the issue of interoperability becomes a major concern. How is it possible to connect disparate devices like enterprise-grade room systems with consumer solutions? An interoperable video solution can connect disparate devices, rather than just connect multiple devices at the same time. It will be pivotal in connecting teams and scaling businesses towards the future.

Furthermore, there are several trends that are driving the multiplatform movement; businesses are global, execs are on the move, teleworking is on the rise, video-enabled desktops and laptops are becoming the norm. As a result, BYOD is fast becoming a trend that necessitates the need for an eclectic set of devices that can interoperate with one another and are accessible to a highly mobile and international workforce.  Interoperability will be key in this emerging multiplatform landscape. To learn more, check out the first episode of our recorded videocast series.