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    The notion of having teams of people that all share the same physical location is nearly obsolete. Given the disparate cost of living in different regions, companies are often forced to leverage expertise at a price they can afford wherever they happen to find it.

    In recognition of that reality, Kato.im today launched Kato Teams, a free chat and file-sharing service that is optimized for the needs of the business user rather than the consumer.

    Kato CEO Andrei Soroker says that among the things that differentiate Kato Teams is a global search tool that identifies the most relevant conversations taking place for an individual business user, the ability to share files within the context of a video chat, and an application programming interface (API) that makes it simpler to integrate Kato Teams with third-party applications.

    Kato Teams is capable of running as a Web application or natively on mobile computing devices so that end users can conduct multiple side-by-side video conversations within a single instance of Kato Teams. Soroker says free usage of Kato Teams will be restricted to small teams within organizations. Down the road, Kato will offer a commercial version of the service that can be used to organize “teams of teams” that naturally exist within and between organizations, says Soroker.

    As social media becomes a more standard component of the daily business conversation, end users are already making use of Skype and similar services to communicate with one another to boost their productivity. Obviously, there’s room for a service that is specifically optimized for use within a corporate context, which includes the ability to restrict who has access to that service—a definite plus for business-related collaboration.

    In the case of services like Kato Teams, the only issue may be in making sure there is enough network bandwidth available to support it.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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