DEMOfall 07: New players in Web conferencing and meeting management

Summary:The morning session at DEMOfall 07 featured companies trying to solve aspects of the meeting madness and collaboration with Web 2.0 goodness.

The morning session at DEMOfall 07 featured companies trying to solve aspects of the meeting madness and collaboration with Web 2.0 goodness.

Dimdim launched what CEO DD Ganguly called "the world’s first, free and open source Web meeting solution." He took a shot at the leader in Web conferencing, WebEx, claiming that DimDim is changing the rules of the game. "You show slides, desktops, talk and listen, broadcast webcams and chat with zero installation," he stated.

So far 125,000 companies are using DimDim, Ganguly said. The software is open source (with some exceptions, such as the whiteboarding feature) and based on the Mozilla Public License. The hosted services uses Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, which allows the company to only pay for the compute resources it needs. And, the company is well funded to take on WebEx (Cisco) and Microsoft with its conferencing solution. Dimdim’s investors are Draper Richards, Index Ventures, and Nexus India Capital.

Dimdim is adding new features, such as annotations in a collaboration workspace; polls and question manager; recording and archiving; private labeling and skins; Active Directory integration; Outlook and Google calendar integration; and integration with external applications. It appears that the free version will be joined by a paid version that includes premium features and support.

Yuuguu (Japanese for "fusion") also demoed a remote access service. It offers remote access to a Mac or PC for free and allows users to remotely control other computers. Yuuguu Webshare allows online meeting to be set up without any download, via a URL and pin code.

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Tungle is a peer-to-peer meeting coordinator that works across organizations with Outlook today and soon with Google Calendar, Lotus Notes and iCal. The user's calendar is stored on their computer along with those of people with whom they choose to share their calendar. Tungle synchronizes the calendar sharing in its P2P network. Users can create temporary Web spaces to coordinate meetings with Tungle and non-Tungle users.The free service, which includes a zero configuration plug-in, is launching in the fall and the company will introduce a premium, fee-based version that allows users to share details of their calendars with others.

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Vello launched a nicely simple conference calling service with both Web and mobile solutions. You select members for a conference call from a list of contacts (it works with Outlook), hit send, participants push 1 and the call gets underway with toll-quality audio. Vello charges 15¢ per minute per person, with an introductory rate of 12¢ minute through December 31, 2007 (new customers receive 200 free minutes).

Topics: Enterprise Software, Browser, Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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