Get Hyper and Meet on the Web

Today's technology makes Web conferences almost as real as meeting together in the same room.

Even though gas prices have dropped in recent weeks, traveling to confer with colleagues or attend training sessions can still be costly. Good thing HyperMeeting is stepping to the plate. It uses the power of the Internet to provide full-fledged Web conferencing.

I've attended many Webinars, but have yet to attend a Web-based conference or training session. According to many I speak with, however, the technology is gaining legs due to the current level of fuel prices and the associated expense of traveling -- even if just across town.

Today's technology makes Web conferences almost as real as meeting together in the same room. If all the same tasks can be accomplished (training, collaboration, presenting), why bother hopping into a car, bus, train or plane when all you have to do is log onto the Internet?

HyperMeeting is a new service being offered by HyperOffice. HyperOffice is cloud computing-based product that offers a suite of web-based applications that make it easier for owners, employees, clients, partners and suppliers of growing businesses to collaborate, communicate, plan projects, share documents, schedule meetings and tasks, and manage information, anytime, from work, from home, or while traveling, using any Internet connection.

Its web conferencing tool supports integrated audio, online application sharing, presentations, file sharing, whiteboard, network-based recording, remote control, and other built-in tools. Unlike other online meeting services where only the presenter controls the meeting, any HyperMeeting attendee may share any desktop, switch on the built-in recording capabilities and control other meeting functions. This means means any ideas that are generated during the meeting are always accessible after the fact and you'll have an automatically-generated set of meeting notes.

"HyperMeeting will help get you out of the car as gas prices eat into budgets and profits," said Farzin Arsanjani, president of HyperOffice. "More important, it will help make you more productive with staff, clients, partners and suppliers, cut travel expenses, and give you back time wasted in airports and traffic trying to get to far-flung meetings. This makes HyperMeeting ideal for sales conferences, Webinars, online seminars and project meetings where anyone can contribute a great idea. You can fire up customer service and live tech support on the fly. Or collaborate with large audiences spread across the globe."

Because it uses the software-as-a-service model, HyperMeeting can be used by any browser-equipped device. This includes both Windows and Apple-based machines, as well as smartphones or other mobile Internet devices. There's no software to download, install or manage.