Microsoft Unveils New Version Of Live Meeting Web Conferencing - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Software // Enterprise Applications
12:38 PM
Connect Directly

Microsoft Unveils New Version Of Live Meeting Web Conferencing

The product will add support for live video and voice over IP as well as support for rich media such as Flash.

Microsoft unveiled the next version of its Office Live Meeting hosted Web conferencing product Tuesday, furthering its software plus services vision that desktop software needs to be complemented with services in the Internet cloud.

The as-yet-unnamed next Office Live Meeting is due out in the fall, coinciding with the previously announced release of Office Communication Server, Microsoft's on-premises unified communications offering.

Two years in the making, the new Office Live Meeting includes a completely redesigned client and interface that it will share with Office Communication Server, finally delivering on work to converge the two products.

"The idea is that you're attending a meeting, and you neither know nor care whether you're using the Live Meeting service on the back end or Office Communication Server," said Roger Murff, a director in Microsoft's unified communications group.

Office Live Meeting also will add support for live video and voice over IP as well as support for rich media such as Flash. Microsoft's intentions with the new Office Live Meeting, according to Murff, are to make it easier to hold meetings, improve security and reliability, and make Web conferences closer to real-world meetings by adding multimedia support.

Video in Office Live Meeting includes something called active speaker mode, which has been shown before in demonstrations of Microsoft's upcoming Roundtable 360-degree video camera. Active speaker mode is able to automatically switch the video view inside the Office Live Meeting client to the video image of whoever is speaking. Roundtable itself will also be supported.

Also new in Office Live Meeting is a library of canned test questions for training, a public registration feature much like exists for face-to-face conferences and meetings, the ability for meeting attendees to break out into smaller groups in the context of a larger meeting running in the background, a shared notepad, and support for digital handouts of files that will be displayed to meeting attendees as a notification inside the Office Live Meeting client.

When users record meetings, the new version will index all speaker and slide changes, making recordings easier to search.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
AI Regulation: Has the Time Arrived?
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  2/24/2020
Fighting the Coronavirus with Analytics and GIS
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/3/2020
IT Careers: 10 Job Skills in High Demand This Year
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  2/3/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Flash Poll