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Keeping users engaged and part of the conversation while using video conferencing software (opens in new tab) has proven to be difficult with employees working from home (opens in new tab) which is why Cisco has announced its plans to acquire Slido.

Slido is a technology platform that provides a best-in-class audience interaction platform that enables higher levels of users engagement before, during and after meetings and events.

Once the acquisition is complete, Slido's technology will become part of the Cisco Webex (opens in new tab) platform and enhance the company's ability to offer new levels of inclusive audience engagement across both in-person and virtual experiences.

In a blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the acquisition, VP and GM of Webex Meetings at Cisco's Team Collaboration Group Abhay Kulkarni explained that the company's goal is to deliver Webex experiences that are ten times better than in-person interactions. While a lofty goal, the company believes that Slido's technology will help it make these experiences inclusive and equal for all.

Virtual everything

While remote meetings and events have enabled people all over the world to connect during the pandemic, 98 percent of respondents from a recent global workforce survey (opens in new tab) say that they expect future meetings to include remote participants. This is one of the reason Cisco and other video conferencing software makers are continuing to add new capabilities to their services despite the fact that many companies plan on returning to the office soon.

Slido, which has over 7m monthly participants, provides users with an inclusive audience engagement platform that enables real-time feedback and insight before, during and after any meeting or event using dynamic polls, Q&As (opens in new tab), quizzes, word clouds, surveys and more.

Using the service, audience interaction can be set up in less than a minute and participants can join the audience view with a simple event code or link on their mobile devices or computers. Once a participant joins, they can respond to polls, ask questions or provide feedback on a meeting.

Cisco plans to add Slido's capabilities to Webex once the acquisition is complete and its technology will also align with the company's strict data policies so that organizations' internal polls, quizzes and feedback are both secure and private.

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.