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Cisco WebEx Meetings links you to the office via your Android

by Tim McLain

I've attended more WebEx online meetings than I can count. Over the years, I've relied on the standard, solid PC/browser software client to run events, attend meetings and all the rest. That's why I was overjoyed when the Android version hit the marketplace recently.

Cisco WebEx Meetings doesn't disappoint. Just like its iOS and Blackberry counterparts, the free Android version makes it super-easy to join WebEx webinars viewed in full-screen mode, utilize built-in (free!) VoIP for audio, or have the server call your phone to get you into the meeting.

Once in a meeting, accessing shared documents is a breeze, while viewing slide decks is a slick affair with multi-touch controls for zooming in and out (think pinch and zoom) making your phone's small screen more than adequate to be a full participant in any event. Beyond all the usual online business meeting accoutrements, the app also delivers on-screen live annotation and collaboration tools.

Meeting leader(s) can also easily see who's in the meeting, how they joined, and whether they're logged in using a mobile device or PC. Android-specific tools include the ability to view upcoming meetings in a unique calendar-view widget, giving you instant access to meetings from your home screen.

If you're in charge of a full host account, the app also makes it easier to sign in to your events, start, stop, and end your meetings, plus invite colleagues in your contacts list to join any meeting, and even pass presenter controls to anyone on a call with a touch of your screen. Of course, kicking attendees is also possible.

This bullet-proof app is a must-have for all professionals who rely on WebEx meeting technology to stay connected to the office anytime, anywhere.

Download the free Appolicious Android app