With their latest updates, Microsoft Corp. and WebEx Communications Inc. have improved the ease of use of their respective hosted Web conferencing services through new user interfaces and tighter telephony integration.
Updated last month, Microsoft Live Meeting 2005 includes several changes to the presenter and administrator tools that considerably improved the service in eWEEK Labs’ tests. Microsoft still has work to do, however, to make the system easier for professional presenters to manage.
In general, we liked the improvements made to WebEx, which was upgraded in February, but the product could also use more simplicity and flexibility when it comes to system management.
Live Meeting is priced on a concurrent-seat and per-minute basis. The Standard Edition costs $75 per user per month for concurrent seats or 35 cents per minute per participant. The Professional Edition costs $150 per user per month or 45 cents per minute per participant. Microsoft also offers monthly per-minute, shared-seat, room and named-user pricing plans.
More at source : Microsoft, WebEx Open Up Meetings
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