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Live Web Conferencing Service Launched

PlaceWare announced a live Web conferencing service that will allow corporations to make graphical presentations to their customers worldwide.

The PlaceWare Web Conference Hosting Service includes a virtual venue for the event, Internet connectivity, pre- and post-presentation support, pre-program tips, calendar planning and rehearsals. The vendor said it will even arrange one-off events for corporations that do not require a full-time server.

"The demand for our hosting service has been overwhelming, especially for businesses that have intranets and extranets," said Barry James Folsom, CEO and president of PlaceWare. "We're finding that more and more businesses today are starting to realize the benefits of Web-based multimedia conferencing. They want the convenience of just being able to log in without having to worry about the administrative details of setting up and maintaining their own servers."

PlaceWare also offers network operating centers for hosting conferences. Presenters can use a full range of tools, including PowerPoint slides, streaming audio and video, white boards, and the World Wide Web to send information directly to the desks of those participating in the conference, said the firm. Internet audio is also available if companies have IP-audio installed on their networks.

The cost of using the PlaceWare Web Conference Hosting Service starts at the 10-user level, with a fulltime 10-user conference costing $1,080 for one year, excluding the PlaceWare server software.