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October 18, 2016

Cisco gets a bigger Spark with Worklife acquisition

Worklife will be integrated into Cisco’s collaboration suite.

By Alexander Sword

Cisco has acquired the meeting productivity tool Worklife to boost its Spark collaboration platform.

Worklife will be integrated into Cisco’s collaboration suite to provide a single integrated solution for organising meetings. However, Worklife will continue to be operated as a standalone product for the “foreseeable future”, Worklife said.

The Worklife team will report to the Cloud Collaboration Technology Business Unit under SVP and GM Jens Meggers.

“With the Worklife team onboard, we see an opportunity to build on the virtual meeting experience that the Cisco Spark platform currently provides, and enhance meeting productivity across the board,” wrote Rob Salvagno, Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Cisco.

He said that Cisco would now be able to offer new tools to help users track calendars, create agenda templates and collaborate on note-taking during meetings.

Worklife’s premium features have also been made completely free for all users. Paying customers will receive a refund of the entire amount you paid for the premium offering.

Worklife

Worklife provides meeting software.

Cisco said that it expected to offer Worklife’s existing online meeting software free to customers.

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According to Worklife, in the two years since launching it has been adopted by teams at over 13,000 organisations.

The free app allows users to share agendas, create shared rooms and send out automated summaries.

Users are also reminded of upcoming meetings with desktop notifications, and by clicking this can be taken directly to the Worklife room where the meeting is taking place.

“We’re very excited about having a chance to make an impact on people’s experience of work at a more massive scale by harnessing Cisco’s incredible resources and customer relationships. We see this acquisition as a phenomenal way to continue to realise our vision, as part of a larger team with a tonne more resources behind us,” wrote Dave Kashen, Founder & CEO at Worklife.

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