Qwaq launches Metaverse for Enterprise

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Palo Alto, CA based Qwaq today announced the launch of Qwaq Forums, a secure virtual workspace application targeting enterprise customers. Qwaq provides a complete virtual space with all the tools, data and interactivity that delivers a highly immersive collaboration experience. Founded by a highly experienced technical team and backed by equally good advisory board members, Qwaq plans to change the way people collaborate at their workplace. Qwaq was founded by CTO David Smith, a 3D pioneer and chief system architect of the Croquet Project. Qwaq is led by Greg Nuyens, former CEO of Devicescape, former CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Neomar, and Xerox PARC alumni, while Remy Malan is the Vice President, Enterprise, who previously worked as marketing Vice President at AtWeb and Director of marketing at Sun.

With Qwaq installed behind enterprise firewall, users can quickly and easily setup workspaces and invite other users to participate. Qwaq enables users to bring in their desktop applications into the virtual world by just dragging and dropping them onto the workspace. This includes your image files, Google Sketchup objects, Microsoft Office files, videos, and enterprise applications. Each of these workspaces is persistent in nature which means you can return anytime to review the progress your team has made on any collaborative project. These features combined with text and voice chat make your sessions much more interactive. Again workspaces in Qwaq are like islands that can be interconnected via built-in public space. Qwaq will also be opening up its API to enable developers and communities to customized the platform.

From the initial feature set details Qwaq does seem to be an fascinating experience targeted at a clearly defined market. As compared to the typical WebEx or Lotus Sametime sessions which are very limited in functionality, and lifespan that ends with the session, Qwaq’s persistent feature can collaboration to a much higher level. Still lot of ground to cover for Qwaq form the launch today to users embracing the new way of collaboration in an enterprise environment.

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5 Responses to “Qwaq launches Metaverse for Enterprise”

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    […] Earlier in the week I got a chance to talk with Greg Nuyens from Qwaq and take a deep dive into the collaboration metaverse for enterprise really has to offer. Previously I had written about Qwaq when the startup had just come out of stealth mode to talk about it’s core product, Qwaq Forums. When I had written the article, I was not really sure how Qwaq works out in real. As we say – seeing is believing. After being in the metaverse for about an hour, checking out its features and capabilities, I am convinced that WebEx and the Conferencing et al will have lot to worry about pretty soon. […]

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