Microsoft Office Live Meeting is an online collaboration and Web conferencing service that empowers business people to conduct real-time, interactive presentations and meetings over the Internet. Live Meeting is the first fully hosted service within the new Microsoft Office System, which is scheduled to launch next month and is delivered by PlaceWare Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft. Live Meeting is a major upgrade to PlaceWare's Conference Center and offers an easy and intuitive Windows-based interface with powerful new presentation, scheduling and administration features.
Live Meeting offers a native-based desktop console that follows familiar conventions of Windows-based software, making it easy to learn and use, and provides more flexible controls for meeting presenters. The new service also delivers rich, full-screen viewing options for meeting participants and feedback tools such as chat and a question/answer manager to make online meetings more engaging and productive. Subscribers also receive powerful scheduling and administration tools, and the option of customizing the service to include their own branding.