Microsofts Live Meeting Connects with Lotus Notes

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-04-30 Print this article Print

Microsoft offers an addition for Lotus Notes users to schedule and launch Office Live Meeting 2003 Web conferences from within the groupware client.

Microsoft Corp.s Web conferencing service now supports a competitor to the companys Outlook e-mail client. The Redmond, Wash., software maker on Friday made available a free download for its Office Live Meeting 2003 online meeting service that connects it with IBMs Lotus Notes. Once installed, the add-in allows users to schedule Live Meeting conferences and launch into the meetings directly through the Notes client, officials said. The Lotus Notes add-in is the latest in a series of plug-ins Microsoft offers for Office Live Meeting 2003. Others include a download to connect Web conferencing with Outlook and add-ins for launching online meetings from Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger.
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Among its other features, the Lotus Notes plug-in provides authentication of users into the Live Meeting service without requiring a separate log-in and provides information on online-meeting seat availability. Microsoft entered the Web conferencing service space last year after it acquired PlaceWare Inc., and it competes with companies such as WebEx Communications Inc. In September, Microsoft revamped the service with the introduction of Office Live Meeting 2003 and is planning in 2005 to offer a server-software version of Live Meeting. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
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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