Conferencing Software

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Time is money, as they say. Conference calls save considerable amounts of both, compared to face-to-face meetings which require travel. Owning your own conferencing software, rather than utilizing the services of a premier conference call provider, can save you even more.

Installation of Conferencing Software

Like any other kind of program, conferencing software is installed directly into your computer's hard drive. Users can do this via CD-ROM, or via automatic downloads from the Internet. Provided you have a stable internet connection, you should be able to be "up and running" within a few minutes, on average.

Just about anyone with a computer featuring a high speed connection can take advantage of conferencing software. However, the people with whom you wish to conference may have to use a common operating system--for instance, Windows, Linux, and Apple operating systems might be challenged to communicate easily with one another. Check and see if the software you're interested in allows for multi-system communication.

Regardless of the source of your conferencing software, check to see what kind of customer support and service they provide. Unlike premier conference call companies, which feature live-operator assistance 24 hours a day at the click of a button, conference software makes you "the operator." Make sure you feel comfortable with the level of technical support provided to software subscribers, and, if you will be making international calls, check that support is available around the clock.


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