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Defense Connect Online (DCO) Now Available to U.S. Department of Defense

on iOS Mobile Devices via iTunes App Store

New Mobile App Gives DCO Users Even Greater Flexibility


Reston, VA—January 29, 2013 – Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, and the Defense Connect Online (DCO) Team today announced that the newest release of the DCO Connect Mobile app is now available for iOS mobile devices and free download on Apple’s App Store.

This announcement follows the team’s recent release of a major update to its DCO Connect Mobile app for Android devices, enabling anywhere, anytime mobile collaboration leveraging Adobe® Connect™ web conferencing across over 800,000 users at the U.S. Department of Defense. The DCO Connect Mobile app for iOS delivers hosting, presenting, and sharing controls to fully drive collaboration and fulfill the many different use cases DoD personnel have for collaboration while operating in a mobile environment.

“We’re proud to support those serving our country by continuing to innovate on and deliver the most effective collaboration experiences across devices,” said Barry Leffew, vice president of Public Sector Sales, Adobe Systems Incorporated. “The DCO Connect Mobile app, through our work with the DCO team and Carahsoft, is another example of that ongoing commitment.”

The capabilities map to those of the standard Adobe Connect Mobile 2.0 app. For tablets and smartphones, these include:

  • Start and end meetings
  • Manage participants
  • Control all active pods
  • Present content (e.g., advancing slides and animations)
  • Video conferencing with front and back-facing camera support
  • Use emoticons: Raise Hand, Agree/Disagree

Additional functionality is available for tablet devices and includes:

  • Start, stop, and manage meeting audio and teleconferencing bridge
  • Invite others to the meeting
  • Start and stop recordings
  • Enable web camera rights for all participants at once
  • Switch between layouts in the meeting room
  • Share content from share history
  • Share content from the DCO ‘My Content’ library
  • Share content from local device photo library
  • Use drawing tools (pencil, highlighter, shapes) on whiteboard and on top of shared files/video
  • Use emoticons: Speak Louder/Speak Softer, Speed Up/Slow Down, Laughter, Applause
  • Stepped away indication appears when multi-tasking away from app
  • Participate in breakout rooms

Launched in 2007 by the Carahsoft|Adobe team, DCO leverages Adobe Connect web conferencing and Cisco XMPP (Extensible Messaging & Presence Protocol) solutions to provide advanced web conferencing, presence and awareness, and chat capabilities. The rapidly growing service is used across the DoD and supports more than 800,000 registered users who, in FY2012, used the system in excess of 500 million web conferencing minutes.

“Through our ongoing and valued partnership with Adobe and the DCO team, Carahsoft is proud of our continuing efforts to provide all DCO users with mobile access to this proven, indispensable collaboration capability,” said Mark Mills, Carahsoft vice president and DCO program manager.

The app supports the following devices and operating systems on iOS:

  • Devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Supported OS versions: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)

For more information, contact the Carahsoft|Adobe team at (440) 610-4019.

About Defense Connect Online (DCO)

DISA’s Defense Connect Online program, managed by DISA’s Program Executive Office, Enterprise Services (PEO-ES) in conjunction with the Carahsoft|Adobe team, is the Department of Defense’s premier collaboration tool. DCO’s explosive growth is testimony to its intuitive user-interface and its mission-critical utility; providing users with a collaboration tool that enhances planning and communication between units, commands and agencies and improves operational effectiveness. DCO services, to include the DCO Connect app, are free of charge to all DoD personnel and contractors. Visit DCO on