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7.54
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Screenshot of Microsoft Office Live Meeting* in action
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Microsoft Office Live Meeting* Review

Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 is a online meeting software suited well for planned and ad hoc conferences. The service boasts a large set of features which makes it a solid online collaboration tool suited for various usage scenarios.

Web conferences are easy to plan via Outlook and can be started quickly. During the meeting the host can present documents in the virtual meeting room. The documents must be uploaded beforehand.

Bottom line: Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 stands out with its usability, despite of the a large set of features - partcularly the online collaboration functions.

Platform Support

Runs on Windows XP or later. Browsers supported include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, Flash Player 9 or higher to view multi-media data content slides.

Pricing

"Standard": up to 250 participants per meeting: US$ 4.50 per month (minimum of 5 licenses); "Professional": up to 1.250 participants per meeting: US$ 16.00 per month (minimum of 5 licenses)

License options

single user license for an unlimited number of meetings (minimum purchase: 5 licenses)

Voice over IP and phone costs

Only integrated VoIP

* Software phased out, included in ranking and reviews for reference purposes only.

Criterium Rating

Functionality

Grade {0} Large set of functionalities

Usability

Grade {0} Complex due to the variety of functions but the training effort is minimized using clear menu guidance

Meeting Setup

Grade {0} Average complexity when planning meetings as a result of the variety of meeting options, simple planning after setting the options by default and when using the Outlook add-in.

Software Installation

Grade {0} Quick and simple installation of the Live Meeting client and the Outlook-Add-on. Users must register at Microsoft Online Services, which is a bit tedious

Cost Transparency

Grade {0} Pricing and license options are publicly available; cost structure is transparent and easy to understand

Security

Grade {0} 128-bit AES encrpytion

Platform Support

Grade {0} Works for Windows users. Live Meeting Web Access can be used on Mac, Linux and Solaris.
Overall Score 2 Stars 7.54 / 10

External resources

Review updated: Feb 2010
Price information updated: Feb 2010