Web conferencing

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Web conferencing may be used as an umbrella term for various types of online collaborative services including web seminars ("webinars"), webcasts, and peer-level web meetings.wikipedia
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Web conferencing may be used as an umbrella term for various types of online collaborative services including web seminars ("webinars"), webcasts, and peer-level web meetings.
However, webcasting does not bear much, if any, relationship to web conferencing, which is designed for many-to-many interaction.

Online chat

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Text chat - For live question and answer sessions, limited to the people connected to the meeting. Text chat may be public (echoed to all participants) or private (between 2 participants).
Online chat may address point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers and voice and video chat, or may be a feature of a web conferencing service.


In 1996, PlaceWare was founded as a spinoff from Xerox PARC.
PlaceWare was a provider of web conferencing software founded in 1996 by Xerox engineers Pavel Curtis, Mike Dixon, and David Nichols as a spin-off from Xerox PARC.


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In July 2004, Citrix Online released GoToMeeting as its first generic web conferencing product.
It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software package that enables the user to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real time.

Raindance Communications

Vstream changed the company name to Evoke Communications in 2000, with a further change to Raindance Communications in 2002.
Raindance Communications, Inc. was a US company that provides online meeting, web conferencing and teleconferencing services.

Instant messaging

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Web-based chat and instant messaging software appeared in the mid-1990s.
Many instant messaging services offer video calling features, voice over IP and web conferencing services.


AnyMeeting, Inc. (Formerly Freebinar) is a provider of web conferencing and webinar services for small business that enables users to host and attend web based conferences and meetings and share their desktop screen with other remote users via the web.

Apache OpenMeetings

Apache OpenMeetings
OpenMeetings is software used for presenting, online training, web conferencing, collaborative whiteboard drawing and document editing, and user desktop sharing.


BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system.


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In September of the same year, ActiveTouch changed its company name to WebEx.
Cisco Webex, formerly WebEx Communications Inc., is a company that provides on-demand collaboration, online meeting, web conferencing and videoconferencing applications.


BigMarker is browser based online platform for learning and sharing through web conferences and webinars.

Elluminate Live

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Blackboard Inc.: owner of Elluminate, Wimba
Elluminate Live! was a web conferencing program developed by Elluminate Inc. Elluminate "rented out" virtual rooms or vSpaces where virtual schools and businesses can hold classes and meetings.

IBM Sametime

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IBM Sametime and IBM LotusLive
Those capabilities include presence information, enterprise instant messaging, web conferencing, community collaboration, and telephony capabilities and integration.


Livestorm Meet
Livestorm is a browser based online web conferencing software used to share real-time live streams.

Starlight Networks

In February 1998, Starlight Networks released StarLive!
In February 1998 Starlight introduced one of the first full motion video Web conferencing products, StarLive!


BrightTALK developed its first technology platform to deliver recorded video presentations with synchronized slides and live audio (or webinar) and focused initially on the fund management industry.

Skype for Business Server

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Microsoft Lync Server
Skype for Business Server (formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Lync Server) is real-time communications server software that provides the infrastructure for enterprise instant messaging, presence, VoIP, ad hoc and structured conferences (audio, video and web conferencing) and PSTN connectivity through a third-party gateway or SIP trunk.


The term "webinar" is a portmanteau of web and seminar, meaning a presentation, lecture, or workshop that is transmitted over the web.
Webinar (a seminar attended through the Internet)


IBM Sametime and IBM LotusLive
The integrated services include social networking for businesses, online meetings, file sharing, instant message, data visualization and e-mail.


Premiere Global Services
Its products include audio conferencing, web conferencing, webcasting, videoconferencing and virtual meeting solutions such as iMeet and GlobalMeet.


Mikogo is a desktop sharing software application for web conferencing and remote support, and is provided by the online collaboration provider, Snapview GmbH.


PowWow365, designed and developed by Hirasoft Corp, is a web conferencing application for businesses and organizations, allowing them to host and attend their meetings, conferences, trainings or workshops from anywhere around the world.


VenueGen is a browser-based web conferencing service created and marketed by The Venue Network.


TeamViewer is proprietary computer software for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers.

Adobe Connect

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In April 2005, Adobe Systems announced acquisition of Macromedia (completed in December 2005) and changed the Breeze product name to Adobe Connect.
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