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.
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.