One of the biggest challenges faced by video conferencing technology is the mismatch of file formats and input devices between different systems. Expensive commercial suites, for all their power, may have trouble communicating with basic web chat programs. Some systems may even have difficulty linking up with one another.
According to Information Week, this issue may soon be a thing of the past. There are a number of new file formats, software applications and video hosting companies that are attempting to "democratize" the teleconference world. This burgeoning industry will set standards that web applications can apply to their systems to ensure seamless chat compatibility.
This could be one of the next big steps for video conferencing that will allow the practice to become even more widespread. Instead of needing to confer with IT professionals on both sides of a conversation before beginning a teleconference, a small subscription fee could soon be the only thing standing between two sides of an important business conversation. Additionally, when a single individual needs to jump into a web conference but isn't available to speak at a video conferencing center, a mediating program can help his PC join the network and the conversation.