Friday, December 18, 2009

Free Web Conferencing

I did a quick search for free web conferencing solutions - because someone we know wants to spend $500 for another year of Go To Meeting - and we really don't use it enough to justify that. If we hosted larger meetings and more often, maybe, but for what we do one of these free options will work just fine.
  • DimDim - So simple anyone can use it. Unlike other web conference products, Dimdim does not require users to install software on their computers to attend web meetings. Users can start or No downloads join meetings with just a few clicks. Dimdim is available for free so everyone - not just big companies with big budgets - can use it.
  • Yugma - Yugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others - up to 20 attendees. I'm thinking the Skype Edition looks really promising.
  • Vyew - free for up to 10 attendees, has ads. Browser based with no download required.
All of these are upgradeable if you need additional features - and for less than $500/year.

For phone conferencing there's:
  • FreeConferencing.com - up to 1000 callers with NO reservations, free recording and downloads.
  • Free Conference Calling - up to 500 callers - on demand conference calling, free recording and MP3 playback, and conference call security.

4 comments:

jenn5500 said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Another good one is RHUB's http://www.rhubcom.com web conference appliance. Its really simple and easy to use. They also offer free audio conferencing with their appliance. While they aren’t free, their cost looks pretty reasonable and it seems like you can recover the cost in a short period of time. For the price of what you might pay for web conference for a year or two, you can get web conference, webinar, remote support and remote access together in one appliance for a fraction of the price.

Anna said...

Thanks!  I'll check it out.

Phyllis Swenson said...

I am using Adobe ConnectNow. It works GREAT, although does require a small plug in for the screen that wants to share. Never had any issues with it and after 30 days or so it goes away. Why I am looking today is that it is only free for 2 people to connect. I want 3-10 perhaps, and still want it free. Any new suggestions?

David Roger said...

Good article. As far as I know DimDim is no longer available. Other free web conferencing tools are mikogo, showdocument, yugma etc. However, quality of web conferencing is very important while conducting webinars. I would suggest, try using paid services such as WebEx, gomeetnow, gotomeeting etc. in order to have quality online meetings, online conferencing etc. Another option is to deploy on premise web conferencing appliance such as RHUB appliances.