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Conferencing Week in Review: The Solutions Keep Racking Up

May 27, 2011

From major VoIP companies like Skype to smaller ones like Zip Conferencing, the conferencing solutions options are endless. This week saw several conferencing solutions come to the market, while industry research continued to reveal ongoing trends in the conferencing space.

First, Powwownow, which provides a rather intriguing free conference call service, and now an iPhone conferencing app, revealed that it has saved its last 10 public sector clients a remarkable 47 percent. After building an impressive, loyal customer base and working with some of the leading emergency services organizations, the company has seen a dramatic increase in public sector clients over the last year, and has achieved increased conferencing usage by 20 percent.

Next, Zip Conferencing, a company providing a simple and affordable way to conduct conference calls and online meetings, unveiled its new Meeting Toolbar that integrates with Microsoft Outlook to help users schedule and start a meeting, and invite participants. With the newly released Meeting Toolbar, user can retain the conference call service information and start a meeting with one click of the mouse. The Meeting Toolbar lets one to even launch PC controls for the audio meeting or start a Web Conference instantly.

On a more significant scale, Raketu, a global Internet communications company, announced that Skype users can now use Raketu’s peer-to-peer technology to make their secure free calls anywhere in the world. To accommodate and ensure quick migration of Skype subscribers to Raketu, Raketu will be releasing a Skype bridge where Raketu users will be able to call the last remaining users on Skype without downloading Skype.

Lastly, TMCnet reported that information overload and communication latency remain as big issues for enterprises and mid-market workers. A full 93 percent of 750 IT executives and 2,000 workers at medium- to large-sized businesses across 51 countries reported in a survey that communicating and collaborating with others, especially through conferencing services, is becoming increasingly important to their ability to perform their work.

Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves