Citrix announced today that users of its GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining products will soon get HD video conferencing at no extra cost. The new technology, which they're calling HDFaces, was unveiled today at the Citrix Synergy event held in Berlin, Germany.
HDFaces allows up to six participants to join a video conference in resolutions as high as 1920p x 960p. Attendees can view the presenter's screen and see each other in high definition, making the experience a bit closer to a real, face-to-face meeting.
"When customers say they want video capabilities combined with web conferencing, they don't mean tiny choppy images - but that's what they currently get with the products on the market today," said Bernd Christiansen, Chief Technology Officer of Citrix Online. "What they actually want is to see the details in others' facial expressions just like in a face-to-face meeting or training session."
The technology behind HDFaces came with Citrix's recent acquisition of VidSoft GmbH. Its currently in beta and users can expect it to be rolled out by the first quarter of 2011.
View the full demo of Citrix's new HD video conferencing capabilities: