IMConferencing Combines IM, Web Conferencing for SMBs
The new service from LiveOffice lets users initiate online meetings from IM sessions; a future release aims for video and VOIP features.LiveOffice Corp. is entering the Web conferencing space by integrating instant messaging with conferencing and collaboration features. The Torrance, Calif., company on Tuesday launched its IMConferencing service, which is focused on its base of small and medium-sized enterprise customers. IMConferencing integrates IM, Web conferencing and teleconferencing. The service allows users to launch both ad hoc and scheduled Web meetings directly from an IM chat session. Web conferences also can be scheduled and launched through a custom-branded Web site managed through the IMConferencing Meeting Manager site.
With IMConferencing, LiveOffice joins a growing list of vendors that are connecting IM and Web conferencing. WebEx Communications Inc. in October launched integration with Yahoo Inc.s Business Messenger. Microsoft Corp. has said it plans to better integrate its Office Live Meeting Web conferencing service and its Windows Messenger IM client as one of many steps it is taking toward combining conferencing, IM and presence.