The Conference of the Present

By: Groshan Fabiola
The 1990s have brought conferencing to another level. Audio video conferencing software has successfully replaced real meetings. Virtual conferences are less expensive than old- school meetings; they are faster and more productive. Virtual conferences use all means of communication, from telephony and the Internet to audio video conferencing software or file sharing and any combinations of these tools and equipments.

Throughout the years, many companies have tried to reach the ultimate goal of web video conferencing, to make meetings as realistic as possible, and today this goal has been reached. Through the use of web video conferencing software, everybody can see each other and hear each other, they can modify projects, share files and so on. Technical difficulties may appear at times, but these types of problems can be fixed more easily than flight delays, for example. Moreover, if the companies holding the meetings use a fourth generation web video conferencing software, then the success of the meeting is guaranteed.

Audio video conferencing software can be downloaded free of charge or it can be purchased. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods, but paying for web video conferencing software is advisable. Free audio video conferencing software may only be applicable for small organizations or companies, because of its technical limitations and many of the free web video conferencing software products can only be used temporarily. Moreover, the features of free audio video conferencing software may not include file sharing, file search, chat and many other features that are crucial for a successful meeting.

Bandwidth usage is another important aspect of web video conferencing software. Good software must have as many features as possible while having a very low bandwidth usage. Although most audio video conferencing software have low CPU usage, many of them do not have all necessary features to hold a successful meeting and many more do not even have a built- in support for platform access through IP phones, mobiles, desktops, RIA web-interface or PSTN. Audio video conferencing software that enables IP phone, mobile, phone or web users to collaborate is more efficient and the results can be clearly seen. By using such advanced web video conferencing software, people can attend the conference whether they are at home, on the train, at the office and even on the beach.

Web video conferencing software can be used by big or small companies, by schools or colleges and even by normal people. Audio video conferencing software allows experts to talk from remote places, allows people on vacation to attend important meetings and allows people in general to deal with important aspects without having to go places. The features of the product, the CPU usage and the widgets for collaboration or vertical markets should be the most important aspects to look for when choosing conferencing software.

Free audio video conferencing software may be a starting point, but if quality is what you are looking for, then investing in conferencing software is the better solution. Depending on the specific needs of you company or school, you can choose different software, but complex software can solve problems you didn't even know existed.
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