Intel has evolved its powerful and feature-rich Unite collaboration tool into a cloud-based service. The inter-office remote communication and secure document exchange platform was previously offered as an on-premise installation. Needless to add, Unite’s shift to the cloud will unlock true cross-platform operability as it would work seamlessly with any and all operating systems without needing a dedicated per device installation.
Launched in 2015, the Intel Unite collaboration tool allows remote and on-site users to log in to meetings and share documents. Designed with flexibility and versatility in mind, the Unite software works well most major and popular unified communication services like Skype for Business, Cisco WebEx and Zoom. Intel has built the software on the capable vPro platform. The company has always ensured that the Unite software closely mimics the feel of in-room cooperation. According to Intel, “Unite is meant to give businesses similar room experiences across collaboration spaces on Macs, Windows PCs, iPads and Android tablets.”
The version of Intel Unite collaboration tool residing on the cloud is quite similar to its previous iteration. In fact, the cloud-hosted version comes equipped with almost all the features that the on-premise per-device installation offered. Users have come to favor popular features like secure wireless content sharing with meeting rooms, remote users and guests. However, the cloud-based version has grown tremendously in security and authentication. Intel now offers cloud-based rotating PIN service. Meeting managers and admins can use this to effectively manage security and authenticate logins to ensure the meetings remain confidential.
The Intel Unite Cloud service will be available for businesses from June 12. However, Intel insists that Unite will be also useful for several more organizations besides businesses. While announcing the cloud-hosted version of Unite, Intel confirmed it has several new customers and partners who are now eager to make use of the platform. Additionally, Intel mentioned that Unite will now diversify. In other words, Intel is planning to introduce and market Unite to segments like education, healthcare, and digital signage. While details are a little sparse at the moment, Intel could be looking to make lighter or stripped down but still secure versions that are customized for end-user scenarios.