Many people are now realizing the benefits of Web conferencing tools, enabling users to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real-time. Online conferencing is a great way to save both time and money. Travel and hotels aren't necessary, you and your meeting attendees don't have to waste valuable time getting to the meeting.
In general, all Web conferencing tools work in the same way. One person initiates the conference in the tool and then invites participants to join by sending them an email or instant message, or giving them login instructions over the phone. Most conferencing tools require participants to install specific software on their computers before they can participate, reducing the number of potential partners.
GoToMeeting is a cost-effective and easy-to-use Web conferencing tool created by Citrix. Attendees don't need any kind of account or software, they join a meeting simply by clicking the link you provide them. A compatible browser is all that's necessary.
When comparing GoToMeeting with other meeting solutions: Webex, Dimdim, Zoho, Adobe Connect, Teamviewer and the like, Internet experts say that non-technical users tend to prefer GoToMeeting to the other solutions. It's the easiest to install, and offers the best pricing - for one low flat monthly fee you can use it as much as you want. In fact, very few users have ever reported the need for some troubleshooting while setting up and using GoToMeeting.
- Internet connection
- Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, Windows 7
- Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or newer
- Browser Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or newer, Safari 3.0 or newer, Google Chrome
This Web conferencing tool is used mainly by buisiness people aiming to save time and money. More than just meetings, it can also be used for sales presentations, remote software troubleshooting, online training and even by families to keep in contact over long distances.
GoToMeeting allows the desktop view of a host computer to be broadcast through the Internet to a group of remote computers. All communications are protected by SSL with 128-bit AES encryption and optional passwords. Because the connection is established by the client and no inbound connection is required, transmissions could be passed through highly restrictive personal and hardware firewalls.
How it works
1) Create an account
Register online by creating a username and password for your account. Once registered, you can host as many meetings as you like with up to 10 attendees at a time. The participants don't have to be registered GoToMeeting users.
2) Setup GoToMeeting software on your computer
The required Web conferencing software is downloaded to your PC or Mac by logging on to the GoToMeeting website, setup is automatic, no configuration is required.
3) Organize a conference
You can start a conference immediately or schedule it for later through the GoToMeeting website or via Microsoft Outlook. It's also possible to alert attendees using instant messaging.
Attendees can join a conference from either a PC, Mac or iPad simply by clicking the meeting link you provide by email or instant message, or entering the meeting ID you give them over the phone, and choosing whether to communicate via phone or their computers microphone and speakers.
During your meeting
This Web conferencing tool allows you to share either your whole screen or a specific application to prevent people from accidentally seeing files or other applications running in the background. Attendees see what you show them. You can work together by sharing keyboard and mouse control or let any attendee take control of the conference.
You can communicate by phone, built-in VoIP or built-in text chat, and interact on the screen using the pen, highlighter, arrow and spotlight tools. GoToMeeting lets you record your conference including all phone and microphone audio for future review and reuse. If your system has multiple monitors, you can host the meeting on one monitor, while working on another.
Get a GoToMeeting free 30 day trial and decide for yourself whether this is the best Web conferencing tool available.
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