Web Based Conferencing

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Web based conferencing can be as simple as a "message board," or as complicated as 100 simultaneous live web-cam feeds. Regardless of technological complexity, all web based conferencing have two things in common: real time communication, and screen sharing. Web based conferencing can save enormous amounts of time and money, and encourage creativity and problem-solving spontaneity.

We Gather Together

In a traditional conference, attendees gather around a large table. In web-based conferences, they sit in front of their computers, wherever they may be. Rather than view presentations via an overhead projector, they see the presentation on their own computer monitor, as controlled by the conference presenter.

More advanced web-based conferences allow users to not only view the desktop documents of the presenter, but to have active editing controls. Other features can include slide show demonstrations, file sharing, and simultaneous co-browsing. Audio communication often takes place during web-based conferences via regular phone lines, or through internet telephony, referred to as VoIP. However, some web-based conferences rely simply on text messages for communication.

Web based conferencing is an aspect of service offered by many premier conference call providers. Rates are charged either by the conference, by the minute, or by number of participants. Software for web based conferences is also available. Popular editions are available from major names, like IBM and Microsoft, as well as less-well known, but certainly qualified software developers, like Genesys.

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