Macromedia Plans Update to Web Conferencing App

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-02-10 Print this article Print

Macromedia Breeze 4.0, due for release in March, will add more collaboration features and integration options.

Macromedia Inc. on Monday announced plans to bolster its Web conferencing software with new collaboration features and greater integration with enterprise applications. The San Francisco-based company said it will release an update to the online meeting platform, Breeze 4.0, in March. It marks Macromedias latest push into an increasingly competitive market against leaders WebEx Communications Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Macromedia had entered the Web conferencing market in October when it introduced Breeze Live, the component of the software that allows presentations and meetings to be held online in real-time. But the overall Breeze platform offers more than Web conferencing, said Leesa Lee, a Macromedia senior product manager for Breeze.
Breeze also can be used for authoring and delivering on-demand online presentations and e-learning courses that include quizzes and surveys.
"What is becoming more important is getting the right information out immediately," Lee said. "The knowledge economy is becoming the now economy." Macromedia Breeze grew out of the companys acquisition last year of e-learning vendor Presedia Inc. Click here to read more about the acquisition. Macromedia touts Breezes basis in its Flash technology, which alleviates the need to download software for the 98 percent of Web browsers with Flash Player installed, the company said. Macromedia Breeze 4.0 will add application sharing, live polls that can be tracked, whiteboard capabilities and file transfer support. It also expands Breezes content library so it not only stores presentations but also indexes recorded meetings and makes the content searchable, Lee said. For greater integration, the new Breeze release exposes its Web services APIs to allow companies to link Breeze into portals and enterprise applications. Macromedia Breeze 4.0 will be offered as a hosted service or as a licensed application. Pricing for the hosted version will start at $84 per concurrent seat per month. A perpetual license will start at $22,500 for 25 concurrent seats, increasing for additional users and options. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at for more on Web conferencing and other collaboration technologies.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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