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MS Live Meeting

MS Live Meeting is a web based video conferencing program. Microsoft created this product to let people have real time communication through video with others.

This can be communication between business owners and clients, individuals to groups, mini-workshops or colleagues and business partners. Live Meeting has to be downloaded on to your personal computer.

Note: LiveMeeting appears to be at end of life and no longer a competitive product for video conferencing. Information on this page is provided for historical purpose.



History of the Product

You can also get this program from Microsoft's website for no charge.

Live Meeting only charges if you have an account.

However, the retailers/re-sellers are usually the ones doing the selling.

In addition, they charge by the month or minutes.

As with other video conferencing programs, this service provides businesses the opportunity to save money by being able to log on to a conferencing session and conduct business instead of investing in travel accommodations.

Or even paying for an expensive commercial telepresence video conferencing system. New improvement that Live Meeting made (according to their website) is:

Incorporated Experience

  • 360 Video with round table - get a panoramic broad range view of participants

  • Choice of VOIP - moderator are able to conduct Voice Over Internet Protocol

  • Media Presentations - Moderators are able to include any file of their choice

  • Support - Elevated support for sessions have been improved by providing survey features increase registration and management.

  • Hi Fi - High Fidelity and personal recordings may be made by users. It can be played in high fidelity and stored on the personal computer

  • Collaboration - collaboration resources allows testing and grading features that test student's comprehension of the material. A functional whiteboard enables you to highlight or sketch information you have obtained.

MS Live Meeting is a product of Microsoft and those who manage it. Microsoft's management team consists of Steve Ballmer - Chief Executive Officer and Bill (William) Gates - Chairman.

Accompanying them are a host of highly qualified individuals who hold positions as Founders and Chairmen for other cooperations.



MS Live Meeting Cost

There are three MS Live Meeting prices depending on what service you choose. At the time of this writing, the prices are $42 per month, $89 per month, and $199 per month. For each package, you get the following:

$42 per month

  • 150 participants
  • Live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Video and Audio recording
  • Secure Login
  • Two way Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
  • Webcam Video Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Survey capabilities

$89 per month

  • 500 participants
  • Live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Video and Audio recording
  • Secure Login
  • Two way Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
  • Webcam Video Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Survey capabilities
  • Mouse controlled help desk
  • Branding capabilities
  • Email Reminder and Registration

$199 per month

  • 1250 participants
  • Live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Video and Audio recording
  • Secure Login
  • Two way Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
  • Webcam Video Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Survey capabilities
  • Mouse controlled help desk
  • Branding capabilities
  • Email Reminder and Registration



Precautions for your MS Live Meeting

If you're worried about MS Live Meetings precautions' that it takes to ensure your security, be aware that they have one of the best safety features in the industry.

They take extra measures to ensure that no one unauthorized gains access in to the system. MS Live Meeting precautions include SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) as well as Advanced Standard Encryption which prohibits hackers from intercepting information over the internet.

Other security features include:

  • Application Authenticity - this ensures and require users to gain access with unique user identifications and passwords

  • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) - ensures that unauthorized IP addresses or unwanted activity don't intrude or gain access to your system

  • Firewalls - prevent deceptive applications from gaining access to your meetings

  • Filter Routers - Stops attacks from internet spiders. This is a popular method that hackers use

As long as MS Live services are provided, Microsoft's goal will be to continue to provide safe secure web conferencing experience for you and your participants.