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A web conference is a way to have meetings over the internet using only
a web browser and a plug-in. Most often used in conjunction with your
telephone, web conferencing can be used to have online meetings with one
or more individuals or groups at the same time from virtually anywhere
and anytime. For groups of three or more locations, voice conferencing
can be used with web conferencing.
conferencing: setting the stage for expanding your reach
Written by David Collins for The Business Review:
In an ongoing effort to extend their reach without extending
their budgets, a growing number of Capital Region businesses and organizations,
both large and small, are turning to Web conferencing as an alternative
to traditionally-held meetings, mitigating the high cost of business travel.
But why Web
conferencing and not the more familiar audio conferencing and video conferencing?
For clarity's sake let's set a few definitions.
or, if you prefer, telephone conferencing, has been around as long as
the telephone. Essentially, people exchange information in one dimension
or at one level--the auditory level. The upside to this is that participants
can join in an audio conference from anywhere there is phone service.
Video conferencing, generally referred to as listening to a "talking
head," adds a visual dimension to audio conferencing and, because
it's computer-based, allows for a certain amount of electronic collaboration
at the group level.
and transmission costs are significant, however, effectively forcing a
paradigm where participants must congregate in a video conferencing room,
which in many cases is a considerable distance from a participant's work
location. Nonetheless, it is a major step forward in facilitating cost-effective
line is that video conferencing is cost-prohibitive for all but very large
organizations, and audio conferencing, while significantly less costly
than video conferencing, is by definition, one-dimensional.
But what if we could incorporate the ubiquity of the phone line with the
incremental functionality of video conferencing at a reasonable cost and
deliver it to an individual participant's desktop PC or Mac at work or
conferencing, available to anyone with a PC or Mac and an Internet connection.
Think of Web conferencing as audio conferencing on steroids.
supports the incremental ability to share visual content and Web cam images,
exchange private audio or text messages, collaborate on a white board,
work on the same document or file, conduct polls, lead Web site tours,
share applications for training or demonstrations and a host of other
features that support the interactions that one would expect in a physical
for those who aren't able to attend a Web conference because of scheduling
conflicts, there is the ability to record a Web conference for future
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