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WebEx Offers E-Meetings For Sole Proprietors

For under $50/month, a business owner can conduct an unlimited number of online meetings with as many as 10 attendees.

WebEx Tuesday unveiled MeetMeNow, an online collaboration service that the Santa Clara, Calif.-based e-meeting provider will pitch to individual professionals.

MeetMeNow, which costs $49 per month ($39 monthly in a special launch offer), lets a user conduct an unlimited number of online meetings with as many as 10 attendees who share a PC desktop, and can run applications or view documents designated by the coordinator.

This is the first time that WebEx has put its technology in the hands of individuals, the company stressed. WebEx is best known for providing online meeting services to enterprises, particularly mid-sized and large companies.

"WebEx has historically focused on providing collaboration applications to large enterprises," said Roopam Jain, an analyst at Frost and Sullivan, in a statement. "[It's] now bringing its proven technologies to the individual user market."

WebEx on Tuesday also launched PCNow, a remote access subscription service that lets a user view and access all information on a remote PC, transfer files to and from that machine, and print documents at either the remote site or locally. Initially dubbed MyWebExPC when it debuted in January, PCNow costs $14.95 monthly, although a special introductory price of $9.95 a month is available

MeetMeNow and PCNow require a Windows-based PC running IE, Netscape, Firefox, or Mozilla.

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