Zoom, Vibex, GoToMeeting, BlueJeans Facebook Portal

Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Facebook Inc., arrived in Washington, DC, US on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 for a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee.

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Facebook announced on Wednesday that video conferencing apps coming to the headlines by Zoom will be coming to its portal video-calling device in a few weeks.

Zoom, Bluejans, LogMein’s GoToMeeting and Cisco’s Vibex will debut on Portal Mini, Portal and Portal + in September. Video-calling services will air on “Portal TV in the future”.

Aside from these popular video-conferencing apps that should be a big boon for the portal, there is some drama in the hardware with Oculus virtual-reality headsets from a social media company.

Video-conferencing apps have seen a large increase in usage as a result of the coronovirus epidemic causing more people to work from home. According to app-analytics company Bitcoin, Zoom’s mobile app had 173 million monthly active users in May, compared to just 14 million in March. Webex had more than 500 million users generating 25 billion meeting minutes in April, which boosted volumes in February, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told analysts during the company’s quarterly earnings call in May.

Facebook introduced its first portal devices in 2018, but they initially struggled for adoption due to privacy concerns. Portal units gained some traction earlier this year, selling out of online post-work orders.

Currently, the portal can be used to make video calls through the enterprise communications software of Messenger, WhatsApp and Workplace, Facebook.

–CNBC Jordan Novet Contributed to this report.


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