Google Buys Videoconferencing Tech From Sweden

Google bought video conferencing software from Sweden’s Marratech. Just to clarify, they bought the software product, not the company itself.

Marratech technology comes from research at the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology (CDT) at Luleae University of Technology. It was initially developed for distance learning but turned into e-meeting and web collaboration software.

The deal “will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there’s an Internet connection,” notes Douglas Merrill, VP engineering. “It will be used in combination with our current video-conferencing equipment.

If Google offers this as a free service, this could hit Cisco (who just acquired WebEx), Microsoft LiveMeeting and Adobe Connect.

For more info, go to Google Blog on Marratech.