Nefsis Basic Allows Free Web Collaboration

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print

Nefsis Basic delivers a useful but minimal Web collaboration tool kit for two users, along with a sample of the more comprehensive features of the for-pay Nefsis Pro.

Nefsis Basic provides a taste of minimal Web collaboration tools for free, offering two users a chance to communicate via voice and video while sharing documents or a screen. Nefsis offers a much more comprehensive set of collaboration tools with a step up to its more robust, for-pay Nefsis Pro.

Nefsis launched the Basic version of its cloud-based conferencing and collaboration software in late September, allowing a registered user to invite one other person to meet and collaborate in an always-on Web meeting room. With Nefsis Basic, the host and one visitor can communicate via VOIP (voice over IP) audio and low-resolution video, while simultaneously sharing their desktops or documents.

Nefsis Basic is available for free with registration at Signing up for Basic also gives 14 days of free access to the expanded feature set of Nefsis Pro.

In my tests, I found Nefsis Basic indeed provides a registered user with a single always-on meeting room. Logging into the customer portal at produces a Web link to the meeting room that can be e-mailed to attendees with the conference room password (if required by the host), or the host can just provide the meeting ID and password instead of the link and a pointer to the Nefsis home page. Any attempt to have more than one attendee join the call gets that user a "License Exceeded" message on screen.

Basic does not provide any scheduling capabilities or unique credentials for participants, so hosts should remember to change the meeting ID or password periodically.

After the user logs into a meeting, the Nefsis application automatically installs itself on Windows PCs (I tested with both Windows XP and Windows 7). Windows 7 users don't need administrative rights on the PC to use Nefsis, since the application installs itself in the AppData directory in the user's profile.

When both host and remote participant have joined a conference, the host can assign rights to the remote caller to make that party a presenter. The host can also grant the attendee additional privileges, most of which are not applicable to Nefsis Basic.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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