The University of Maryland’s centrally provided Webex Web Conferencing service will be discontinued June 15, 2022. The service has provided video and audio conferencing for university community members for several years, but given the fiscal constraints of continued state budget cuts, it is not prudent to continue paying for multiple overlapping services. Since Zoom was launched in early 2020, it has become the most popular conferencing option at the university. Based on measured usage, Webex has approximately 1/50 the use of Zoom but costs almost as much per year.
The Division of IT will be in contact with system users during the coming months to provide additional details and timeline information about the change.
We appreciate your understanding of this change to university IT service offerings. If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk.